Bowl-a-thon raises $1,500 for patients

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A Wish Come True sponsored their first “Bowling for WISHES” Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, June 23 at Lang’s Bowlarama, located at 225 Niantic Ave., in Cranston. Approximately 35 people participated, raising approximately $1,500 dollars.

The event was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost of bowling, including shoes, was $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. There was also music, raffles and fun activities. T-shirts were also available for sale.

Joining and participating in the event were former WISH children, Dan Belhumeur, age 35 and Matthew Beaudry, age 11.

Belhumeur, who is in remission from Leukemia for the past 25 years, had his wish granted at the age of 10 when A Wish Come True provided him and his family an above ground pool.

Beaudry, who is in remission from a brain cancer (twice), has been cancer free since 2012. His wish was to go to Disney World in Florida and he and his family went to Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World, where “I was kissed by a whale,” he said, when he went in 2009.

A Wish Come True, is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children age 3 through 18 who suffer from life threatening illnesses and live in Rhode Island and parts of southeastern Massachusetts. The average cost of a WISH is between $3,500 to $5,000. At this time, A Wish Come True is working with 27 different children.

For more information about A Wish Come True visit their website: www.awish.org or call 401-781-9199.

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