A wish came true for a Conway boy thanks to the collaboration of two entities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South and Centennial Bank.
Dylan Smith, 14, of Conway, will take his family on an expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C.
Smith, a reputed history buff, said he hopes to use the trip to learn more about the country he lives in. He particularly wished to visit the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex.
“I love history and I want to learn even more about it. I want to look at the planes and learn more things about this country,” Smith said.
The Air and Space Museum, as well as the American History Museum are on the family’s docket.
Centennial Bank aims to fulfill one wish a year of a child who has a life-threatening medical condition.
According to Chandra Mitchell, Centennial Bank’s chairperson for Make-A-Wish Foundation, funds were raised to grant Smith’s wish in the amount of $5,000.
Mitchell said a variety of fundraisers provided for the wish, including bake sales, food sales, raffles and T-shirt sales.
The Mid-South chapter of MAW, covering Arkansas, parts of Tennessee and Mississippi, aims to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy for children with life-threatening medical conditions,” according to Jamie Deason, area development coordinator.
The Smith family, including Dylan Smith’s mother, Lisa Smith, father, Mike Smith, and sister, Meghan Smith, will depart for their journey on Oct. 6.
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