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Make-A-Wish holds Star Party

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It's not everyday you can dream up something and someone will make it come true. But that's the job of the staff and volunteers at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Central New York Chapter granted 85 wishes this year. Our Iris St. Meran spoke to some of the star honorees about their wishes.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The children in this room proved through their resilience they are shining stars. Thursday night was all about them during the Star Party at Make-A-Wish. This year the foundation granted their wishes.

Diane Kuppermann, Make-A-Wish CNY President & CEO, said, "Kids go to Disney World. We had kids go fly fishing in Wyoming. We had kids go cruises. We have a very special Police Officer here tonight."

That special police officer doesn't patrol the streets.

CJ Mills was sworn into the Syracuse Police Department over the summer in the a special ceremony. He took part in training, roll call and a mock hostage situation. An experience he'll never forget.

"They made me feel happy," CJ said.

During the celebration he and the other stars shared their wishes and then placed their stars on the foundation's Wish Child Honor Wall.

Nine-year-old Mackenzie Kulawy got to meet her favorite singer, American Idol contestant Adam Lambert and watch him in concert.

"I had butterflies in my stomach," said Mackenzie.

Kuppermann said, "The wishes are as unique and individual as the kids. Thanks to our donors and volunteers and incredible community that we live in we can say yes to the kids and their wishes."

Nine-year-old Francesca Chirco is one of those community members. She donated the $13.60 she made from her lemonade stand to continue the work of making children's wishes a reality.

"It doesn't matter how young you are, you can always help out," Francesca said.

And her help will add more stars to the wall, smiles to these children's faces and little inspiration to the lives she will undoubtedly touch because she cared. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP