Hoosier child’s Make-A-Wish trip sponsored by local school

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Make-A-Wish organization grants special experiences for Hoosier children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Every month, CBS4 shares a story about a Hoosier family impacted by Make-A-Wish.

Three-year-old Ava Graham is battling a congenital heart disease.  Ava's left side of her heart does not work. Jami Graham knew about her daughter's diagnosis before she was born.

"She's had two open heart surgeries. Ava plays and has stamina like no other. You wouldn't know she has a half a heart," explained her mother Jami Graham.

Ava Graham was the honorary guest at Franklin Township Middle School East's walk-a-thon. The school hosts the event each year, but this is the first year there is a giving component with the fundraiser.

"We want to make a difference every day.  I am so excited that our kids were able to do this with her," said Franklin Township Middle School East assistant principal Amy Miller.

With help from the students and staff, Ava's wish to meet Cinderella and Tiger will come true this December at Disney World. Nearly half of the money collected will pay for Ava's Make-A-Wish trip - that's $8,000 raised for this little girl!

"We are very excited to be going to Disney world.  We haven’t had any time to relax and have fun as a family in the last three years. To get to go and do that is amazing," said mother Jami Graham.

Ava will need one more open-heart surgery. Her doctors say she needs to gain more weight before the next surgery.

The extra money raised will buy school supplies for the students at Franklin Township Middle School, who are very familiar with the Make-A-Wish organization. Classmate Ariana lost her cancer battle in March.

In Indiana, more than 300 kids are waiting for their wishes to be granted by Make-A-Wish. The average cost of a wish is about $8,000.

Click here to learn more about Make-A-Wish.

Watch CBS4 on the second Wednesday each month for Nicole Pence's special Wishful Wednesday stories.

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