KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SD Make-A-Wish Grants 1,000th Wish



Bookmark and Share

Wednesday marked a milestone for the South Dakota Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as they granted their 1,000th wish. For nearly three decades now, the foundation has been granting wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions.

For 7-year-old Dannika Weelborg, arriving at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport in a limo, was just the beginning of a star-studded trip of a lifetime.  

"We get to go to Universal Studios, we'll probably go to the beach, and we get to see the Good Luck Charlie people,” said Dannika Weelborg, a wish kid.

Dannika has cystic fibrosis, a terminal disease that causes her lungs and other organs in her body to fill up with mucus. But for the next few easy, her disease will be forgotten, as she will be in Hollywood meeting the cast of her favorite Disney Channel Show, ‘Good Luck Charlie.’ And Dannika has her memorabilia all ready for an autograph.

 “…Letting Teddy sign the Bridgit Mendler CD,” said Dannika.
 
But what makes Dannika’s wish so special, is that it is the 1,000th wish the South Dakota Chapter of Make-A-Wish has granted.
 
“Back in 1984, very grass roots, just a few people involved, just a few wishes,” said Paul Krueger, the president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

Krueger said during the first year of the chapter, they granted six wishes. But over the years, that number has grown.
 
“This year we will grant 70 to 75 wishes,” said Krueger.

And for nearly three decades, Krueger said they’ve received quite the variety.

“65 percent of our kids travel,” Krueger said. “So we have lots of Walt Disney trips, half of the kids go on those trips. We have kids that have gone of Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Alaska.  They also want to meet sports figures, from Brett Farve, to the Dallas Cowboys, to being at the Super Bowl, to being at the Pro Bowl.”

But for Dannika, a trip to tinsel town was her wish, soon to come true. And she had one thing to say to those who helped make it happen.

“Thank you for granting my wish,” said Dannika.

There are 60 wishes that are currently in the works for South Dakota Children. The cost per wish is about $7,000.

For more information on how you can help you can go the Make-A-Wish South Dakota’s website.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Student's Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead

It could be the price or just the weight of textbooks, but many ...

SD Groups Form Alliance Against Pipeline

Several South Dakota groups opposed to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline ...

SD Man Sentenced Over Worker Lead Poisoning

A South Dakota man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to attend a class on ...

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake  Aug. 20

South Dakota Students Score Well On ACT Exam  Aug. 20

Neunaber's Father Died Of Natural Causes  Aug. 20

Rapid City Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges  Aug. 20

Uranium Mine Hearings Continue In Rapid City  Aug. 20

Man Convicted Of Murdering 2 People In Sioux City  Aug. 20

Man With 200 Bags Of Heroin Sentenced To Prison  Aug. 20

Rapid City Arena Plan Might Include Fire Stations  Aug. 20

Howes Man Fined $10K For Killing Bald Eagle  Aug. 20

Volunteer Fair Offers Ways To Get Involved   story with video  Aug. 20

Dozens Gather For Ferguson Rally In SF  story with video  Aug. 19

Parks Board Approves Alcohol Ban   Aug. 19

Ex-Prosecutor Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges  Aug. 19

Daycare Provider Faces Child Abuse Charges  story with video  Aug. 19

SD: 90 % Of Students Finished High School  Aug. 19

Iowa Boy Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog  Aug. 19

Dems Call For Daugaard, Rounds Subpoenas  Aug. 19

Sioux Falls Construction To Build Indoor Pool  Aug. 19

Tea Fire Dept. Deals With Lack Of Hydrants  story with video  Aug. 19

SFPD Release Casino Robbery Surveillance  Aug. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Day Care Provider Charged For Injuring Boy

Police in Sioux Falls say a day care provider is facing a ...

Daycare Provider Faces Child Abuse Charges  story with video

A Sioux Falls home daycare provider is facing felony ...

Teens Plead Guilty In Fatal SF Shooting

Two teens involved in the December 2013 fatal shooting ...

Dozens Gather For Ferguson Rally In SF  story with video  Aug. 19

Dems Call For Daugaard, Rounds Subpoenas  Aug. 19

Man Gets Life For Killing Pregnant Girlfriend  Aug. 19

Iowa Boy Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog  Aug. 19

Neunaber's Father Died Of Natural Causes  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds go extras behind Kirby-Jones HR's  story with video

A. J. Kirby-Jones continued his power surge with 2 more HR's Tuesday night at the ...

MMA Fights finally come to South Dakota  story with video

Quietly, South Dakota and Sioux Falls has been an MMA hotbed. ...

Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's reached a ...

Softball season is underway  story with video  Aug. 18

Talcott adds amateur title to resume  story with video  Aug. 18

Wynot Clutch Late To Dethrone Defending B Champ Alexandria  story with video  Aug. 17

Renner Does It The Hard Way To Defend Title  story with video  Aug. 17

Winnipeg White Washes Canaries  story with video  Aug. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top