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Wish To See NYC Fireboats Comes True


August 14, 2013


Asheville, NC

Five-year-old Henry Thome was recently granted his wish to see fireboats in New York City. Henry suffers from Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia and had to undergo a bone marrow transplant in 2012.

 A polite and thoughtful child, Henry became animated when he learned he could see his beloved fireboats in person. Already a regular visitor to his local fire stations, this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only see the fireboats in action, but also become an honorary member of the Brooklyn FDNY. Other excursions scheduled for his trip were visits to Central Park, the Central Park Zoo and the iconic FAO Schwartz toy store.

Henry’s wish and the wishes of children like Henry in the mountain community are made possible by incredible corporate partners like Friday Staffing.  Friday Staffing is planning a post wish party for Henry will invite their clients and staff to share in the power of a wish. 

A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses. For their doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better, emotionally and even physically.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Leeper at (704) 339-0334, x226, or

Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1985, more than 3,000 local children have experienced a wish come true. For more information visit:

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Charlotte, NC  28204

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