A lifetime ago, I had the pleasure of being involved in a Make-A-Wish event for a young boy named Daniel who was very sick. I can't remember Daniel's last name, what his illness was, or what it was that he wished for, but I know the event in which I was involved helped raise enough money for Daniel to see his wish become reality.

A couple of years after the Make-A-Wish event for Daniel, the most amazing thing happened. I was out with friends at a bowling alley when a handsome young man walked up to me with a big smile on his face. He stuck out his hand and told me that his name was Daniel and then with his other arm, he pulled me into him for a hug and thanked me for helping make his wish come true when he was just a little guy, fighting for his life.

I was completely floored to see Daniel standing before me and even more shocked that he remembered who I was. Daniel had done it, he'd won the fight against the childhood illness that has plagued him and almost taken his life.  Daniel told me that he was so appreciative of everyone who helped send him on an adventure through Make-A-Wish, that he decided to devote as much time as he could to the organization so that other sick kids could also receive wonderful wishes.  Daniel explained that when he received his wish, nobody thought he would live much longer and that he was terrified, but his wish helped him forget about his medical problems for a while.

I think of Daniel all the time. There's literally not a day goes by that I don't wonder what happened to this remarkable human. It's been more than a decade since I last saw Daniel and I wonder what happened to him. Did he kick his illness for good? Is he married and does he have kids? Is he still involved in Make-A-Wish?

The Make-A-Wish foundation changes little lives all over the country, including right here in Central New York. Lives like that of Brody Hines, a 13-year-old from Newark Valley who began his fight with medulloblastoma at a young age and received his with of a Percy Jackson-themed trip through Europe. And then there's Brooklyn Hall, our St. Jude Kid who was given her wish- a trip to Disney.

The Make-A-Wish foundation is able to make dreams come true for sick kids thanks to generous donations from supporters. Supporters such as Binghamton University's Wishmakers on Campus Club, Kappa Sigma, Phi Mu and Alpha Phi Omega.

On Sunday, April 28th, Binghamton University and Wishmakers on Campus will host a Walk/Run for Wishes on the Binghamton University campus. Registration starts at 10:15 a.m. and the walk/run will begin at 110:00 a.m. This walk/run is handicap accessible and all ages are welcome.  You can learn more about the walk, register in advance, or make a donation if you're unable to attend.

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