SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Savannah Spittler is a Make-A-Wish recipient from Central New York. In 2017, she was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor on her right kidney. She is now cancer-free.
“Her wish was to go to Disney so we went to Disney in Florida,” said her father Ray Spittler.
Tom Santurri, Franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts said that the most important part of this all is making the children feel special even when facing their toughest times. For a couple of weeks they are able to feel like a normal kid again with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
With Make-A-Wish Central New York granting over 2,000 wishes already they don’t plan to stop granting these wishes.
“We have 180 kids in the pipeline waiting for this wishes to come true,” Diane Kupperman, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Syracuse said.
The donation of $100,000 will help grant 92 wishes this year and will help raise over $1 million.
This could not have happened without the customers of Dunkin’ Donuts donating $1 during this time. Those guests were given a Make-A-Wish star donut as a thank you.
This isn’t the first time that Dunkin’ Donuts has paired up with Make-A-Wish. Santurri said they have raised over $750,000 over the years for Make-A-Wish.
“They impact a child, not just when they are going through their illness, but long after they have been on the road to recovery,” said Kupperman. “As you can see from Savvy, today she’s done with her treatment she’s looking forward not back.”