The 21st annual Walk For Wishes at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak was a roar-r-ring success!
More than 5,000 walkers attended — raising at least $460,000 for Make-A-Wish Michigan.
Kayden Strong, 13, of Chesterfield Township, who qualified for a wish after having a heart transplant, was under the impression that he and his family were participating in the walk for the benefit of the organization.
But he was surprised to learn that his wish to go on a shopping spree adventure had been granted and that it would include transportation for him and his family via a limousine.
During the opening ceremony, WXYZ-TV host and emcee Alicia Smith and Bryan Rief of Planet Fitness surprised Kayden by inviting him to join them on the stage where they unveiled a banner announcing that his wish had been granted. Then, after helping to cut the ribbon to start the walk, he and his family hopped into the waiting limo – stocked with a bag of snacks that included Oreos for Kayden – and headed to Best Buy followed by lunch at Black Rock.
This year marked the 35th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Michigan. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted more than 9,500 life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
None of these wishes would be possible without the support of events like the Walk For Wishes, sponsors like Planet Fitness or Meijer stores and community support.
For more information or to make a donation visit michigan.wish.org.
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