Luke Fritz said his little brother Connor was born with a heart defect. The child, now 5 years old, has since undergone four surgeries.
Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, Luke said his family took an unforgettable trip over Easter last year that focused on having fun together.
“My little brother was a Make A Wish child and we got sent to Disney,” Luke said.
Make A Wish is a non-profit that grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Luke, 17, described the Disney experience as “life-changing.” He and his friend Cody Smith, 18, said they wanted to do a senior project that would help grant a wish for another kid with a life-threatening medical condition.
On Saturday, the Ambridge Area seniors created a playground in the high school field house where kids could come out and have fun.
The Kids Fest featured bounce houses, face painting, an inflatable obstacle course, a balloon artist, a silent auction, free popcorn, cotton candy and an ice cream bar. A concession stand was also open to purchase food and drinks.
“I really wanted to give back, so our goal was to raise enough money to pay for part of a trip, which is around $1,000,” Luke said.
Cody said they hoped to raise at least $500, but were happy to learn they raised about $1,000, double the initial goal. More than $700 came from admissions alone, he said.
“We got people from everywhere. We got people from all the schools, from where my parents work, (Luke's) family came,” Cody said.
The two thanked everyone who came out and donated, including Ambridge JROTC, Ambridge Do It Best, Shop’n Save and Giant Eagle.
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