Friday, December 17, 2010

Visit Santa help Make a Wish

Updated: Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010, 6:08 AM CST
Published : Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010, 6:08 AM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Most parents make the annual trip to visit Santa at the mall during the holiday season.

And this year children who bring their letter to Santa and drop it off at Macy's can help out the Make a Wish Foundation .

"They are giving the Make a Wish Foundation $1 for every letter a child brings and deposits in the Santa box here in the Macy's stores," said Glenn West, President and CEO Make a Wish Foundation Central Texas.

Abby Shavitz, 4, wrote her letter this year.

"I want a bike and a scooter, love Abby," said Abby Shaivitz.

She has a lot to be thankful for after being born with a tumor on her tailbone.

"The first day we had her the second day they said she could die and the surgery to remove the tumor could kill her," said Norine Shaivitz, Abby's Mom.

Even though the surgery was a success, that tumor came back at 19 months and as Abby underwent chemo she also became a part of the Make a Wish Foundation.

"She articulated she would like to meet Elmo that was her big wish because she really loved Elmo," said Shaivitz.

Because of donations to the Foundation - Abby had her dream come true. But an even bigger dream happened just a few months later.

"The cancer is gone!" said Norine Shaivitz. "I know Abby is four and she doesn't understand, but her mom and dad are really happy about that."

This year Make a Wish has been able to grant 220 wishes for kids between 2 and 18 years old.


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