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Make-a-Wish surprises Carmel boy during 40 year celebration

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Posted at 10:56 PM, Apr 29, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-03 17:12:10-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers packed the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis to celebrate Make-a-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.

Every year on World Wish Day, Make-a-Wish hosts a gala to celebrate all the wishes the foundation has granted for children and their families fighting critical illnesses.

This year's inspirational event featured a performance from Grace, a young girl the foundation gifted a piano to.

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The gala also featured a surprise wish reveal for Charles, a child from Carmel who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2021.

"Charles was having trouble walking. He had no energy. He had broken his arm in the backyard," Laura Jones, Charles's mom, said. "When he had a fever, we took him to a pediatrician. They took a blood sample, and our life was changed."

Make-a-Wish made Charles's dream come true. They gifted his family with a trip to Disney.

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Jones says Charles is in remission and they look forward to his graduation next spring.

This year, Make-a-Wish celebrated 40 years of making wishes come true.