Fifth Annual Walk for Wishes Fundraiser

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Making a wish come true doesn't have to happen after blowing out your candles.

Hundreds of people were walking for wishes around downtown today.

The event started at Main Street Square and those attending walked around downtown to raise money for South Dakota's Make a Wish Foundation.

This is the fifth year Walk for Wishes has been around.

There were activities for the children to do like face painting, putt putt, and the limbo.

Walk for Wishes is their biggest fundraiser of the year, where they look to fund wishes for those in KOTA Territory.

Regional Director for Make a Wish South Dakota, Melanie Barclay, says "Our goal is to raise 85,000 dollars today, which will grant about 11 wishes locally."

At Saturday’s event, it was the first time that someone had their wish granted during the fundraiser.

Four year old Grace, who suffered from cancer, wished for a playhouse and that dream became a reality.

These wishes fill the holes that medicine can't mend.

“We grant wishes to pick up where medicine leaves off. We really believe that wishes are the thing that heals the soul. Medicine heals their body and make a wish heals their soul and just makes a life changing impact for them," adds Barclay.

If you would like to help South Dakota Make a Wish foundation, you don't just have to donate money, you can also donate your time by volunteering.