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Walking for Wishes

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This next story features a young girl who grew up on a dairy farm near Hague, North Dakota.

At the age of 12, Alissa Leier liar was diagnosed with an inherited condition that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

Alissa is now a freshman at Strasburg High School and in spite of everything, talks about a wish  come true.

"We saw Disneyworld, Sea world and Universal Studios...The tower of Terror ride, was probably the funnest ride, you go up and down and keep going (it didn't scare you?) Nope!" says Alissa Leier.

Sunday, friends, family and volunteers take steps to help provide more wishes like Alissa's, to all North Dakota kids facing serious illness.

This is the walk for wishes, a fundraiser for the make a wish program in North Dakota.

Around eight wish-kids led the way with their supporters and teams, raising awareness and having fun.

Although it was a little windy outside, the testimonials are what can really blow you away.

"It meant so much to get away, we didn't have to worry about the farm or being sick, everything was handicap accessible, we didn't have to worry about anything, the troubles we have to worry about everyday, I'll never be able to thank Make a Wish for what they did, for me and my family." says Alissa Leier, diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia.

"Just the gratitude and the strength, I mean, you would be amazed at these kids, they're stronger than I could ever be, and just absolutely amazing so that's it, that's what does it for me." says Nicole Morrison-Mathern, Volunteer.

Money raised at several walks around the state goes to "Wish kids" in North Dakota.

An average wish can cost around six thousand dollars.

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