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Maine’s Make-a-Wish Foundation Appeals for Help 

Since it was started in 1992, the Maine chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation has granted wishes to more than 800 children with life-threatening medical conditions.That’s more than a wish a week.Tough economic times are making it harder for the Foundation to find the money to grant those wishes these days…But there’s a way you can help.Amy Erickson has more.<"they never turn anyone down. And the average wish costs 6 thousand dollars."Pediatrician Colette Sabbagh is a board member for the Make-a-Wish Foundation's Maine chapter.She's hoping more folks will get on board and take part in the Foundation's "walk for wishes" this year, because funding is tighter than ever. "economic times are hard, charities are suffering and these wishes still need to happen. These kids with medical conditions have no idea about the economy and it's not their fault. They really still need to be granted these wishes."The Guernsey family can't say enough about what Make-a-Wish did for them.6-year-old Abby has Rett syndrome...her wish was granted last summer. "she doesn't walk or talk and she goes to bed really early so the traditional wish, like going to Disney World or meeting a character wasn't really a good fit for Abby." "we thought a pool would be a great choice for a wish because Abby loves the water, when she has seizures, we put her in the tub and it's very soothing to her."Within months, the family had a brand-new above ground pool...complete with special stairs and a lift...all thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.Mom Katie says it's changed Abby's life. "to just see the joy in her eyes when she gets in the pool and the happiness..."The Guernseys are encouraging others to give whatever they can to help kids like Abby have their wishes granted. "before, we'd get stuff in the mail, saying donate to make a wish, and honestly, i'd toss it. But now I tell people don't ever throw it away. Even if you can only give 5 dollars! Look at what it's done for my daughter!"Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>The Bangor “Walk for Wishes” takes placy May 28th at 6pm in Paul Bunyan Park.You can form a team or walk on your own.For more information or to donate, log on to www.mainewish.org