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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Despite a steady rain and cloudy skies, dozens of people gathered in Iowa City on Sunday, to walk, and hopefully, fulfill the wishes of kids suffering from life-threatening illnesses. It was a Walk for Wishes, benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation.
"What they're able to provide for these kids and their families is immeasurable," said Pamela Codd, who knows this firsthand.
Her son Dashiell passed away last year from a rare form of cancer. But before that, his wish to visit the beaches of southern California was granted.
"We decided that we would take him out there, and give him one final chance to see family and friends," Codd said.
Codd told us having a child with such a disease makes it difficult to think about much of anything else. However, the Make a Wish Foundation put together the trip for her family in just a couple of days.
"They rented us a minivan so that we didn't have to put the mileage on our own vehicle, we drove to southern California, they got a beach house for us."
Even with less-than-desirable weather, the group that gathered Sunday in Lower City Park kept their spirits and voices up, with the help of University of Iowa's male a cappella group, Intersection.
Organizer Morgan Kennedy said it shows how dedicated the foundation's network of donors and volunteers can be.
"I have never done anything in my life that is more self-rewarding than this organization, and our main goal as the University of Iowa Wishmakers, which is sponsoring this walk, is to adopt one kid's wish," said Kennedy.
The UI Wishmakers are planning more events this year, to meet the $5,000 minimum it takes to grant one more child's wish.
"We'll think of some more fundraising ideas to do throughout the rest of this year. We have a couple in mind."