Hundreds turn out for the Walk-For-Wishes event

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Saturday hundreds headed to Stony Point Fashion Park in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This year’s Walk-For-Wishes was hosted by our very own 8News anchor Amy Lacey.  The event was to help grant wishes to kids battling life-threatening diseases.

An estimated 600 people came out to help make wishes come true for thousands of Central Virginia kids.

Caroline Browell, event organizer, said she was happy to have all the participants.

This year the foundation is hoping to grant 182 wishes, which is 12 more than last year.

“I’m so thrilled to share that we’ve raised more than 140-thousand dollars this year to grant wishes, which for us is terrific,” Browell said.

Participating this year is Kathleen Cavanaugh, who’s daughter Charlotte was granted a wish a couple of years ago.

“It was the trip of a lifetime for the whole family,” said Cavanaugh. “So, we’re constantly in and out of the hospitals and she was constantly seeing doctors and we just got to see and experience the joy of a kid going to Disney World for the first time.”

Cavanaugh says the work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation helps not only to lift the spirit but aids in the healing process.

“Make-A-Wish gives these kids a chance to forget about the hardships they’re carrying. when these kids feel better, they ofter get better.”

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