Workout for a Wish makes dreams come true for area kids

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SHERMAN, TX -- Dozens of people will take part in Saturday's sixth annual Workout for a Wish. All the money raised will benefit a local non-profit that makes dreams come true for area children with life-threatening or catastrophic illnesses.

One thing that is obvious about 13-year-old Sarah Driggers is that she is full of life, and with her happy-go-lucky personality it is hard to tell she is battling several life-altering illnesses including Kidney Disease, Cerebral palsy and Epilepsy.

"It's a constant struggle. We go to Dallas almost weekly, with many different specialists and when we're not there we go to therapy three times a week," Amy Foster, Sara's mother, said.

To help ease the struggle, in June of last year Wishing Well Texoma sent Sara and her family on a vacation. A trip that Sara will never forget.

"We got to go to Great Wolf Lodge, with a shopping spree at the mall, cash for her to spend and they provided an iPad for her and a camera," Foster said. "It's really brought a lot of joy to her, even till now."

Brining joy to kids like Aara is exactly what Wishing Well Texoma aims to do. Mike Nelson says he became a board member after the organization granted a wish for his son 9-year-old Noah, who has a form of Muscular Dystrophy.

"We went to Disney World, all the different parks there in Florida and when we got back I made it one of my goals to give other kids that same joy that Noah felt," Nelson said.

Workout for a Wish is the organization's biggest annual fundraiser and without it, board member Cheryl Herriage says granting wishes for kids like Sara and Noah might not be possible.

"It makes a huge difference. It makes a difference in their lives even if it's for a short period of time. It allows them to have a respite from what's been going on in their lives," Herriage said.

Workout for a Wish will be held at Nautilus Family Fitness in Sherman. Registration starts at 8:30 and the event wraps up around noon. They hope to raise more than $15,000.