Children's nonprofit fulfills more than 200 wishes of local kids


YAKIMA, Wash. -- After more than a decade, a charity that fulfills wishes of local children with life-threatening illnesses surpassed its 200th wish.

Children's Wishes and Dreams started in 2005 and granted its 204th wish this week.

The nonprofit celebrated Saturday at Kissel Park with the families of children its helped.

A dance mob entertained guests and even Yakima police officers came out in support.

"We try to bring them to the other side of down and give them something to feel 'up' about," said Children's Wishes and Dreams founder Heidi Anderson. "And sometimes it's giving them a happy moment like to Disneyland, but sometimes it's giving them quality of life like an iPad to be able to communicate."

A former dance student of Anderson's who passed away from leukemia inspired Children's Wishes and Dreams.

The charity has 16 volunteers and helps kids ages three to 21.

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