Make a Wish grants a wish during annual fundraiser

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 Make a Wish hosted its 5th annual Walk for Wishes in downtown Rapid City Saturday.

About 700 participants walked a mile and a quarter, and raised $65,000, toward granting wishes.

A wish costs on average $7,000 per child, and one lucky child had their wish granted Saturday at the event.  

Four-year-old Grace Snyder received a two-story playhouse with a balcony built by Black Hills Home Builders volunteers.

"A wish doesn't just last a day or a week or a month: a wish - it changes your life,” said Melanie Barclay, the regional director for Make a Wish South Dakota. “It gives you a different outlook. it is a reminder of what's important in life, and it gives you memories that you can just hang on forever."

Participants earned a t-shirt for every $100 raised and a night's stay for two at the First Gold Hotel in Deadwood for every $1,000 raised.

“We wouldn't be able to do this without the community's support. each and every person, no matter how big or small. absolutely, every little bit helps. even if you don't think you're making a difference, you really are,” said Robert and Kristen Hudson, the parents of a Make a Wish child.  

The top five fundraisers also received prizes, and Team Jack raised the most with nearly $5,000 raised.




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