Special Wish Foundation expanding


A Special Wish Foundation has been touching lives in the Ohio Valley for years. Now it's time for the organization to reorganize and expand, with the hope of impacting more people than ever.

“We're super excited,” said Executive Director Alicia Freeman. “I'm always thinking big. We have big ideas and we just really want to grow the organization and grant as many wishes as we possibly can. "

A Special Wish Foundation grants the wishes of people from birth to age 21 who have life-threatening disabilities.

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Wednesday’s meeting assembled a newly created board of advisors, consisting of members from Belmont and Ohio counties. They will help spread the efforts of the organization around the valley.

Freeman hopes to add members from other counties in their coverage region soon.

“We try to have a variety of individuals with different kinds of backgrounds, but with a big pool of individuals from their network,” she said.

Among the members on the new board is Belmont County Judge Frank Fregiato, who will help connect families in need with their wishes.

“We're going to become extremely active,” he said. “We're really excited about what we can do. It's a really emotionally moving event and something to be involved in.”

The board will meet once or twice per year. Each member will be guided toward the best way they can contribute to the organization's goals.

Freeman is excited to see what happens in the future.

"Once we start to take those baby steps, and this group begins to meet and have a better understanding of their role, then we will start to see things take off with this board,” she said.

The next planned wish is a trip to Disney World for a St. Clairsville family in December.

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