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Make-a-Wish Recipient Pays It Back

December 1, 2013

Front row, left to right: Trisha Hlastawa, service lead, Healthy Living Market and CafĂ©; and Julie Dale, board chairman, Make-A-Wish Vermont. Back row, left to right: Mark Ray, board member, Make-A-Wish Vermont; Luke Belleville, Make-A-Wish Vermont “wish kid” and donor of Christmas trees; and Yvan Belleville, Luke’s father and owner of Plantation Belleville tree farm. (Photo by Paul Roscoe)

SOUTH BURLINGTON - A Canaan teenager who traveled to Hawaii with his family six years ago, courtesy of Make-a-Wish Vermont, showed his appreciation to the organization that covered the cost of the trip.
Luke Belleville, 16, went to the Healthy Living Market and CafĂ© in South Burlington to sell Christmas trees with his father Friday. Proceeds from the sale of the trees, which came from the family’s tree farm, will benefit Make-a-Wish Vermont so other children can have wishes fulfilled.
Make-a-Wish Vermont grants wishes to individuals with life-threatening illnesses. Belleville qualified for the trip because he has heart problems.
Wishes give the opportunity for patients and their families to forget about their troubles for a while, Mark Ray, a board member for Make-a-Wish Vermont, said. That wish could be the turning point in their health care and recovery. Make-a-Wish Vermont grants 35 to 40 wishes a year, Ray said.
The cost of the average wish is about $10,000. Most wishes are trips, but not always. In Belleville’s case, he wanted to see a manta ray.

Please see The Newport Daily Express Monday for the complete story.

 

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