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Friday 20 January 2006 @ 17:49 - GMT

18 months ago, a charity inspired by the loss of a 13-year-old suffering from leukemia was started, according to the Bristol Press.

The founders are Bonnie Botteon, the boy's mother, and her friend, Kevin Fuller.

 All money raised by the group goes to help grant the wishes of the Connecticut areas children, particularly those less fortunate or suffering from health or physical disabilities.

"Were like the Make-A-Wish Foundation," Fuller said of Wades World. "We help childrens wishes come true."

Indeed, Wade had one of his dreams come true--when Elton and Billy Joel called him before playing a Christmas concert--and sang him a ditty.

As for Wade's World's kids, the wishes granted have been small and large. The gifts include clothes, video games, gift cards, a family trip to Cape Cod, donations to youth services and childrens hospitals, purchasing a prom dress for a special-needs student and sending one boy, with the help of Southington native and New York Yankee pitcher Carl Pavano, to sit with the players families at a Yankees game.

"Its such a great feeling to help," Botteon said. "The kids are always ecstatic."


Fuller said the organisation will hold its one fund-raiser March 31 at Marinellis Supper Club in Burlington. The pasta dinner will feature a 50/50 raffle, auction and live music by Brad and Brian. The cost is $20 per person.

"Its a night you wont want to miss," Fuller said.

For tickets, to make a money or raffle donation, to express a wish or for general information, call Fuller at 589-1352, Botteon at 584-5165.