Teen sensation Miley Cyrus is making a local girl's wish come true today.
Nine-year-old Chianne from Fairfield will be part of a monumental celebration when her wish to meet Miley is granted in Los Angeles as part of the first-ever World Wish Day put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Chianne will be with 29 other wish kids at The Grove, a popular entertainment, dining and shopping district. Her wish experience will include a private meet-and-greet with the star of Disney Channel’s "Hannah Montana" and the movie "The Last Song."
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. I've had the honor of meeting many parents whose children's wishes were granted at a the hardest time a family can face, when a child is ill. Wishes are a chance for them to put aside the doctors and medicine for awhile and just enjoy being together and having fun.
You may have seen stories in the news recently about some other local wish kids. Last week Zack from Florence got to announce the Pittsburgh Steelers' first round draft pick, live on ESPN.
And earlier this month, a wish was granted to a little boy from California. Tyler is a huge Cincinnati Reds fan because his dad grew up here. Tyler's wish was to meet Jay Bruce. Make A Wish flew his family to Cincinnati, and the Reds rolled out the red carpet for Tyler. Not only did he get to meet Jay, he tossed the ball with his favorite player, and spent the day with the team on the field and in the luxury of the locker room. It was a dream come true for his whole family.
The Make A Wish Foundation grants about 20,000 wishes every year across the U.S. You can help in small or big ways. Some fun options for getting involved can be found on my blog from Monday. Just scroll down on this page if you want to find out more, or log onto http://www.makeawishohio.org/