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Soccer group rallies round Md. Make-A-Wish teen in battle with most cancers

Throughout the month of April, WTOP is highlighting our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Operation Dream Maker, which raises cash to satisfy the desires of the kids of our nation’s navy heroes identified with vital diseases.

Last yr, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted 386 needs within the D.C. space, and this yr, along with your assist, leaders on the group say they hope to grant much more.

The nonprofit stated round a 3rd of the children who get needs within the area every year are these with mother and father or guardians who’re serving or have served within the navy.

In right now’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax met 13-year-old Leanna from Pasadena, Maryland. Her journey preventing most cancers and her expertise assembly the U.S. girls’s nationwide soccer crew as a part of her want will transfer and encourage you.

Through all of the ups and downs, Leanna and her household stated they by no means gave up. And Leanna by no means misplaced her aggressive edge.

It’s a troublesome mentality she cast by means of her personal connection taking part in soccer. As Matt additionally discovered, Leanna’s teammates are like adopted sisters in her household and throughout the hardest components of her therapy, they had been there for all of it.

Every yr on April 29, World Wish Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Make-A-Wish. April can be each the Month of the Military Child and World Wish Month!

To discover extra tales like Leanna’s, meet different Wish Kids of the D.C. space and study how one can give again to the worthy reason for turning a toddler’s dream into actuality, you may go to

“Matt About Town” airs each Tuesday and Thursday on WTOP at 7:45 a.m., and runs all through the remainder of the day on 103.5 FM. His video items are all the time posted on

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