LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville teenager battling leukemia will officially announce on Friday that he plans to raise $1 million to help improve the lives of other children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Thirteen-year-old Reece, a student at Anchorage Public School, is embodying the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation by extending his hope, strength and joy to others through Reece's Wish to Raise $1 Million.
A Make-A-Wish kid himself, Reece was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2012. He says his one true wish is to raise $1 million to enrich the lives of other sick children.
The money Reece collects will go toward several beneficiary organizations that have helped and inspired Reece throughout his battle, including Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, WHO Cares Teen Cancer America, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Kosair Children's Hospital and University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. Reece hopes some of the funds raised through his wish will enable Make-A-Wish to grant more wishes to children throughout Kentucky, help local hospitals upgrade patient rooms and common areas (particularly for teens) and fund research to find a cure for pediatric cancer.
Already, Reece has quietly raised more than $210,000. Even after meeting his fundraising goal, he plans to continue fighting on behalf of all children dealing with pediatric cancer "'til the battle is won.'"
Reece's wish will be announced to the public on Friday, Nov. 6 at Macy's at Oxmoor Center.
To donate to Reece's Wish to Raise $1 Million, visit reecemakesawish.org, text 80077 to donate $10, or call 877-206-9474.