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Radio station holds 36-hour Make-A-Wish event to grant wishes for Indiana children

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 4, 2014)– The 18th Annual WZPL Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon, hosted by the Smiley Morning Show, continues on WZPL until midday Friday, and FOX59 is proud to be a part of the event.

The Request-A-Thon began Thursday at 6 a.m. on and will run for 36 consecutive hours. Make-A-Wish invites the community to tune in to hear local Wish families share their inspirational stories, as well as Make-A-Wish supporters talk about the impact of a wish and school groups share how they rallied to raise funds to help make wishes come true.

“We say yes to something they really, really want,” said Doug Kelly, president and CEO at Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “It recharges their fighting spirit and gives them hope, and doctors tell us it is an essentially part of the treatment process.”

The average wish for a child costs $8,000, and roughly 240 wishes are granted in central Indiana each year.

Luke Butler’s wish was to see how pineapples grow in Hawaii, so with the help of the foundation, he traveled with his family to Hawaii in 2010. Sadly, Butler passed away a few years later.

“Luke`s wish was not just a trip for our family. It was an opportunity to give back to Luke for everything he went through.  It is hard to be here, but we feel so strongly that we are Luke`s voice now. He felt strongly that he wanted to raise funds,” said his mother, Erin Butler.

Dallas Wright wished to join the cast of FOX’s hit show, The Red Band Society. Wright was an extra in last week’s episode.

Wish Kid Danielle even met the Pope!

To date, the Smiley Morning Show has raised more than $4 million for Make-A-Wish, helping to make more than 640 wishes come true for Indiana children with life-threatening medical conditions. For a $25 donations, you can request to hear your favorite song and help make wishes come true for local kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Donations can be made three different ways:

-Call the phone bank at 317-228-1099

-Text WZPL to 72727

-Online Donation click here