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Make a Wish fulfills South Ga. child's dream

October 4, 2002

Quitman - Wish granting starts with one magical question...."If you could wish for anything, what would it be?"

For Quantavious Lawton, an 11-year-old who suffers from sickle cell anemia, that's an easy question.

"I want to go to the mall and buy some clothes, video games, and school stuff," said Quantavious.

And thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation , Quantavious' wish will come true tomorrow. He'll receive $1,000 to spend however he wishes at Almost's Colonial Mall. Make a Wish officials say children like Quantavious are perfect candidates for their program.

"Quantavious has a life threatening illness that prevents him from doing a lot of things normal children do, so that makes him special," said Jaime Gaston, Wish Granter.

Quantavious enjoys the same things most 11-year-olds do. But while most children can participate in these activities without a problem, Quantavious' illness sets him back.

"He has good days and bad days," said Lavanda Newsome, Quantavious' Mother. "Sometimes he'll feel like playing all day long, but other days he'll have a lot of pain and feel really bad."

But Quantavious won't be feeling bad when he strolls through the mall with full pockets. He says he already knows the first item he'll purchase.

"I'm going to get a Nintendo Game Cube," said Quantavious.

That's only the first on Quantavious' wish list, which also includes a variety of items for his mother and siblings. This will make it a dream day not only for this special young man, but also for the entire family.


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