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Eastern Iowa Child Gets Wish Trip

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    April 3, 2014 | 12:29 pm
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Ledger Dalton was just two-years-old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Now 5, Ledger is making up for the time he lost being a kid.

    The Make-a-Wish Iowa Foundation sent Ledger and his parents on a trip to Disney World in Florida. He left Monday from the Eastern Iowa Airport with the Cedar Rapids Kernels there to see him off.

    Watch the video to see his send-off.

    Ledger's trip was made possible in part from the Wishes in Flight Program. It allows people to donate frequent flier miles to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Once donated, those miles never expire. With the average wish costing $8,600, the miles really help with the cost of travel.

    "Somewhere close to 80% are travel wishes," said Ashley Dockedorf with Make-a-Wish Iowa. "So, the more support we can have paying for those flights and getting miles donated, the less money we have to spend for that and the more wishes we are able to grant."

    Right now, the national chapter has challenged Make-a-Wish Iowa to collect one-million miles by the end of August. If that happens, it will match those miles with a million more.

    You can donate miles by clicking here.