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Karis Wish

Hundreds from the Seward community and well-wishers from across the state joined together to celebrate with a special parade for a 5-year-old girl with leukemia and a wish to go to Walt Disney World.

Supporters gathered in downtown Seward, cheering for Karis Crosmer, daughter of Josh and Lori Crosmer along a two-block parade route. Led by the “Pride of Seward High” Bluejay Marching Band and a police escort, Karis paraded two blocks to Town Hall in a horse-drawn carriage, where Mayor Josh Eickmeier, with the wave of a magic wand, declared it “Princess Karis’ Day” in Seward.

“Prince Charming,” Brady Fitz, a Concordia University student, revealed to Karis her wish was being granted - she and her family are going to Walt Disney World® Resorts in November.

"We're grateful that the Seward community has welcomed us with open arms,” said Lori Crosmer. “The city and Make-A-Wish have gone above and beyond to make this a very special once in a lifetime experience for Karis and our family!"

Make-A-Wish® Nebraska and other special guests created the ultimate enchanted experience for the blonde-haired, bubbly little girl who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, said Brigette Young, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Nebraska.

“We know that granting a wish to a child has positive mental and physical effects on them,” Young added. “Wishes complement a child's medical treatment, and give them the hope, strength and joy they need to fight their illness.”

View pictures from Karis' reveal here

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  • On Thursday, August 15, An Evening of Wishes—Share the Power of a Wish, presented by The Home Agency, took place in Kearney, NE. Thank you Jim & Sharri Baldonado and The Home Agency for their generous support and for helping to grant Judith’s wish to go to college. Judith’s wish is the 10th wish that the Baldonado family has helped grant! Thank you Jim and Sharri for helping make wishes come true! Attendees at this event heard from wish kid Hope and wish kid Izzy and her parents about their wish journeys. They also had the chance to listen to a panel discuss the impact a wish had on the individual, their family, their employees, and their community. Attendees also were able to see the impact a wish can have first-hand by helping grant wish kid Fenton’s wish to go to Hawaii! Thank you to all the attendees who came out to support Make-A-Wish. You made this event a success! We also want to give special recognition to the Younes Conference Center for helping us make this event happen. And of course, an enormous thank you goes to our Greater Nebraska Friends Council for all their efforts in helping grant more wishes! Thank you to Colleen Williams at ntv for emceeing this year’s event, and a special thanks to all of our sponsors: In Loving memory of Roger and Cole Anderson, Aaram Family Foundation, Subway, Phelps Memorial Health Center, Hornady Manufacturing, Community Hospital, Box Butte General Hospital, Five Points Bank, Great Western Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Dr. Randall Goldfish, Mary Lanning Healthcare, Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska, Regional West Medical Center, Platte Valley Auto, and Kearney Regional Medical Center.
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