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Pixie Dust Wishes Granting Its First Disney Wish

by and on August 12, 2017 5:00 AM

Local organization Pixie Dust Wishes will grant its first wish trip to family Saturday, Aug. 19, prior to the start of the Race to Neverland 5K at Tudek Park, 400 Hermann Drive.

The nonprofit was created to grant Disney wishes to individuals and children with special needs and disabilities throughout Pennsylvania. Jaimie Miller, its executive director, spoke about the beginnings of Pixie Dust Wishes.

“My daughter Emma is 10 years old and has Down syndrome. We took her to Disney World and she absolutely loved it there,” said Miller. “Our family has made it our annual family trip since then.”

Miller decided it would be wonderful to establish a foundation to grant this trip to other children, and her idea is now a reality.

“We will surprise (our first) child recipient and family members just prior to the start of the race. Sue Paterno, as the guest speaker, will kick off the event. She will announce the Disney trip recipient between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. This gift will make some child very excited.”

The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile walk and run starts at 9:15 a.m. A festival will run until 1 p.m., and will include a basket raffle, games and activities, food and face painting. There also will be an optional Disney-themed costume contest, judged by event volunteers.

The event committee will award a prize to the person raising the most money for Pixie Dust Wishes. The top male and female 5K race finishers in eight age categories also will win awards, and official timers will be on hand.

Those who missed the sign-up deadline can still register the morning of the race at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public, and attendees do not have to participate in the race to take part in the festival.

For more information, visit the Pixie Dust Wishes Facebook page.


This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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