Over 900 gather for Walk for Wishes

The 9th Annual Cincinnati Walk for Wishes was held Saturday morning to raise funds to grant wishes to children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Make-A –Wish Foundation hopes to raise more than $75,000 through the walk to help make the wishes of Southern Ohio children come true.

More than 900 walkers, sponsors and volunteers gathered at Sawyer Point on Saturday morning to participate in a one mile or three mile walk. The walk was followed by a finish line celebration with food, music and fun.

Honorary Wish Child Elijah and his family helped kickoff the Walk for Wishes.  Elijah, 7, is currently battling sickle cell disease. The Make-A-Wish Foundation had Elijah's wish granted to visit Walt Disney World Resort and meet his favorite character, Peter Pan.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana is the largest of the 63 chapters in the country in terms of territory, wishes granted, children waiting for their wished to come true and potential Wish Children. The chapter fulfilled 865 wishes last year.

Currently, there are more than 140 children in southern Ohio waiting for their wish to come true.

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