Make-A-Wish family pays it forward

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    The Make-A-Wish Foundation is known for working with kids living with illness.  But one family has made a tradition of giving back to the foundation that granted their daughter’s wish years ago.
    Dan Perritano and his daughter Emma are on a journey to raise money for the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  They’re walking more than 130 miles from Erie to Pittsburgh to raise awareness and get donations for the chairty.  Their goal, to help a local child living with illness or disablitlty have their wish granted by Make-A-Wish.  
    Dan Perritano told us how it all began, “Each summer we try to do a different walk.  We got the buggy, we’re really fortunate to get this buggy, in 2014 in November and we decided in 2015 to walk across Pennsylvania.”
    Emma, a Wish Kid herself, lives with a debilitating nervous system disorder which affects her mobility and ability to communicate.  They’ve seen first hand just how much positive impact a granted wish can have one a child
    Jan Stork of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania adds, “What the Perritano’s are doing really makes a huge difference to us and to i think other wish families once they see what they are capable of doing.”
    New Motors in Summit Township decided to give a hand by donating $300 to the Perritano’s cause.  The total amount they hope to raise is $5,000, which is the average cost to grant a wish for one child in need to a little hope.  The two plan to arrive in Pittsburgh by the 12th of this month for the last leg of their walk where other wish families will join them for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.  If you’d like to donate to their cause you can go to http://site.wish.org/goto/emmaanddan .
 

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