Rockford hosts Make a Wish Foundation event: Walk for Wishes

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Make-A-Wish Foundation event, called “Walk for Wishes” at Rock Valley College, will take place on Sunday, October 17th at 9 a.m.

The walk on Sunday will raise money that will continue granting wishes for children going through similar situations as Melissa Barnes’ son, Caiden.

Caiden, 11, has Down Syndrome, Xq28 Duplication Syndrome, and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome – a form of epilepsy – which qualified him for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Caiden has seizures daily and requires family members and nurses to watch him 24/7.

He has four different types of seizures, Absence Seizures, Tonic-Clonic Seizures, Myoclonic Seizures, and Atonic Seizures.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation sent Caiden and his mother to Disneyworld, where Melissa said having the memories with her son were “really precious.”

“He loves fireworks, we went to see fireworks multiple nights once we realized he loved it so much and his face would just light up,” said Melissa.

Maxim Healthcare, which officers private nursing services, is hosting a bake sale at the Walk for Wishes.

“A lot of those patients actually are pediatric patients so we have patients who have gained from the Make-A-Wish Foundation… Everybody kind of has been touched in one way or another, so a lot of these causes can hit home for so many people,” said Maxim’s Talya Rosander.

There is still time to register and donate for Walk for Wishes, you can click the link for more information

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