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22 Marines Make a Wish Come True

by Sargeant Will Donaldson, US Marine


When most children make a wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation it's usually for trips to Disneyland, computers, or shopping sprees, but not five year-old Tyler Willis.His wish was extra special. He wanted to become a United States Marine!

Tyler didn't want to just become a Marine, he wanted to do the things that Marines do, as well. He wanted to wear camies, fly in a helicopter and ride in a tank.

"It's extremely unique," said Linda Thompson, Executive Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina, of his wish to become a Marine. "This (wish) is something real positive and uplifting for him to focus on."

Started in 1980 in Phoenix, AZ, the Make-A-Wish Foundation exists to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.


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