Santa Paula Times

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Santa Paula “Wish” comes true for 3 year-old

August 14, 2009
Santa Paula News
3-year-old Leah Contreras, who lives with lymphoma, left for Disney World on Thursday morning for her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wish Granters Lupe Castro of Santa Paula and Mary Cathcart of Ventura planned a special send off party for Leah. Pictured are Leah’s father Fernando Contreras, son 6 year-old Rogelio, and 3 year-old Leah. A limousine picked up the three for their trip to the airport and Disney World.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. With a staff of only five and the help of more than 100 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties has granted over 1000 special wishes to children in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.If you want to refer a child to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, call 1-888-899-9474 [WISH]. Donations may be sent to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 4222 Market Street, Suite D, Ventura, CA 93001. To donate your vehicle or your airline miles, call 676-9974. For more information on these or other ways to help, visit their Web site at