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Avril's Wish Was Granted!avril.jpg

The weather was perfect on Tuesday, June 5th when Avril Shahan's Make-A-Wish Reveal Party was held at her home in Jefferson, Iowa.  Under blue skies and bright sunshine, the 5-year old discovered her wish to have a playset was coming true. Avril and her sisters immediately put the swings and slide to use.

Avril was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three and is still undergoing chemotherapy.  Channel 5 in Des Moines has been following her story from the beginning and were there when her wish was revealed.  Here is the link to see their report on Avril's Wish Reveal.

Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa (IIAI) teamed up with Make-A-Wish Iowa to participate in helping fund Avril's one true wish with a Trusted Choice grant of $10,000.  This is the seventh year that IIAI has applied for and received a grant from Trusted Choice

Iowa has been fortunate to have local agents make time to represent the IIAI when granted Wish Reveals take place.  This year, Scott Weber of Unger Insurance LTD. was able to attend when Avril's brand-new playset was revealed. Here are his comments about the experience. . . Yesterday's event was one of the best things I have witnessed and been a part of in my life. It's hard to put into words what I witnessed. The smile and happiness Avril expressed when she came around the corner of the house to see her play set was incredible. In talking with her and her mom, I learned that originally they talked about doing a trip but Avril decided she wanted something that she could enjoy every day and not just a week trip or weekend trip and to also be able to share with all her siblings and friends. I thought to myself, wow, what an incredible selfless thought for such a young girl to have after all she has been through and to ask for something like that. That made it more gratifying knowing Make-A-Wish Iowa was able to help out such an incredible young girl and family."

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Pictured left to right:
 Carol TeBockhorst, Make-A-Wish Iowa Director of Development
Avril Shahan, Wish Child
Scott Weber, Unger Insurance, LTD.