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Have a Heart

Published: Monday, February 13, 2012

Updated: Monday, February 13, 2012 13:02

have a heart wishathon

Andrea Cox/Herald

During the Have-A-Heart-A-Thon on Friday, volunteers throughout Jonesboro raised about $234,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

While the telethon was held at the Jonesboro Radio Group in downtown Jonesboro, many citizens from the city and ASU students were found collecting money at many of the major intersections.

Kaitlyn, a young girl who is a survivor of cancer,  was granted her wish of going on a shopping spree by ASU's chapter of Chi Omega. Kaitlyn was present during the Have-A-Heart-A-Thon to speak about her experience with her wish being granted.

Shelby Walker, a sophomore exercise science major of West Memphis, said seeing Kaitlyn there was awe inspiring.

"When I saw Kaitlyn I was beyond excited, She had hair!" she said. "You could see it in her eyes how much better she felt. She's on the road to recovery and knowing that through Make-A-Wish we can help so many more children just get their wish come true during this hard time makes all of the volunteering so worth it."

During Kaitlyn's wish granting, she was bald because of the chemotherapy she was going through. After several reschedulings, due to her level of sickness, her wish was finally granted to go on a $5,000 shopping spree.

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