Little Wish Foundation

A cancer patient with the doll provided to her by the Little Wish Foundation, an organization founded in Michigan City.

COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP — It has granted wishes to more than 250 children with cancer in Indiana, and now it's asking for help to continue its goal of distributing gifts to children in need.

It's the Little Wish Foundation, and on Saturday will be hosting its fifth annual hog roast at the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department in Michigan City.

There, from 4 to 10 p.m., organizers will hold a hog roast, raffles, a silent auction, bake sale, pumpkin painting and other games, all to raise money for children suffering from cancer.

Live entertainment will be provided by Flat Baroque.

"We just want to keep granting wishes to kids with cancer," said organizer Therese Niemiec.

The event will include free games for children, including apple bobbing among other activities.

According to a press release, Little Wish has granted 258 wishes to pediatric cancer patients at five Indiana hospitals since 2010, and has raised more than $285,000. Wishes generally range between $300 and $800, and include such items as iPads, laptops, gaming systems, American Girl Dolls and accessories, shopping sprees, Chicago Cubs game outings, concert tickets and portable DVD players.

The organization was started in June of 2010 by a then 17-year-old Liz Niemiec in honor of Max Olson, a seven-year-old who passed away from Wilms Tumor. The purpose of the foundation is to provide children like Max with a bit of happiness and a reason to smile during this devastating time of their life.

The five Indiana hospitals include South Bend Memorial, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North in Carmel, Lutheran Children's Hospital in Fort Wayne and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.

The Coolspring Township Fire Department is located by the intersection of Johnson Road and CR-400N.

Tickets will be $10 at the door for adults, $5 for children between the ages of six and 11, and free for children under five.

For more information, go to littlewishfoundation.org.

—From Staff Reports

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