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Over 350 attendees gathered at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln Feb. 17 for the 2018 Wish Ball. This year’s ball raised over $125,000 and celebrated Make-A-Wish Nebraska’s 35th anniversary. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish has granted over 2,570 wishes to children battling critical illnesses in Nebraska.

Highlights included Linda Pauling, founder of Make-A-Wish and mother of Christopher Greicius, whose story inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Pauling shared with the audience how with just $37, the largest wish-granting organization was formed.

Harper, age 8, currently battling leukemia, was surprised on stage to hear that her wish to go to Hawaii was coming true in just 17 days. Hula dancers appeared with a flower lei, and gifts from sponsors were given to help with her gift revelation.

Later, guests also heard from wish kid Grace and her family. Grace’s journey began two years prior when she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 9. She spent six months in the hospital, but it was her wish that brought her hope during her dark days. Grace looked forward to talking about her wish and finally was well enough to enjoy a week of worry-free fun with her family at Walt Disney World Resorts.

This year’s sponsors and event partners are Agent, Ameritas, Bryan Health, Daws Trucking, Eagle Printing, Elite Events Rental, Channel 8 KLKN TV, B 107.3, Petals to Platinum, Roughriders, Tecumseh Poultry, Trusted Choice, Wilbur-Ellis and Windstream.

For more information, contact Melissa Davis-Schmit at mdavischmit@nebraska.wish.org.

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