Saturday, October 24, 2009

MAW Stillwater Carnival Tonight..... Interview with Stillwater NewsPress

Article from Stillwater NewsPress

Published: October 24, 2009 01:07 am

Carnival at Stillwater High School will raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Darla Slipke

Attending a carnival this weekend could help a child with a life-threatening medical condition get to experience his or her wish.

Stillwater High School students are hosting a fall carnival Saturday to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, which strives to fulfill the wishes of children who suffer from life-threatening medical conditions. Students from many groups and organizations are teaming up to provide a variety of activities that will be scattered throughout the school.

Marcy Decker’s 5-year-old son, Lane, is awaiting a wish grant from the foundation. Decker said most people know about the big wishes the foundation grants, but many people don’t know about the little day-to-day things volunteers do to brighten the lives of those they work for.

One small act of kindness made Lane Decker forget about his doctor’s visit and the fact that he had thrown up all over his mom’s car when they pulled into the hospital parking lot of the Baptist Medical Plaza in Oklahoma City on Monday.

Afterward, Decker’s wish giver from the Make-A-Wish Foundation met with him and gave him a Halloween goodie bag.

“Sometimes things like that make the day,” Marcy Decker said. “Yesterday that was probably the highlight of our day.”

Lane Decker’s wish is to go on a Disney cruise, or the Mickey Mouse ship as he calls it.

Decker and her son, who live in Blackwell, are planning to attend the carnival Saturday. Decker said she is happy that high school students are helping the foundation.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps leave some positive, hopefully thinking during a time when you kind of need some cheery stuff,” Decker said.

Organizers invited about 20 Wish Kids and their families, including the Decker family, to the carnival as guests, said Kandy Parsons. She is director of donor relations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.

“We would love to have the community there to support their endeavors,” she said.

Parsons said that without community support, foundation volunteers and workers wouldn’t be able to do their jobs.

Last year, the foundation granted 154 wishes to Oklahoma kids, Parsons said.

The high school Presidents’ Council, comprised of students who are the presidents of their organizations, is organizing the event. Representatives from student groups will be sponsoring booths and activities.

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