July 25, 2012, 3:16 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- What do you give someone who seems to have everything? A chance to help someone else. What do you give someone who needs to know how special they are? The fulfillment of a remarkable special wish.
Both of these outcomes were highlighted for two very special people at the recent Dayton Dancing With The Stars Valentine's event held February 10 at the Schuster Center to benefit the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.
First, Dr. Greg Shelhouse and his professional dance partner, Katt Saliba served up some incredible Latin flavor with an eye popping Mambo routine. The event was organized around three female and three male celebrity dance competitors with one male and one female winner. For just five short weeks, six professional dance instructors generously donated their time to whip these competitors into shape! It was a lively and passionate crowd who cheered Dr. Shelhouse to victory in the male competition. All the dancer's efforts resulted in significant contributions for the Special Wish Foundation's goal to provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities for children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. To see highlights from the event please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A_Ntn-GDa8.
The second person to be highlighted at this event was a brave and adorable young girl named Kayleigh. Kayleigh wished to meet her favorite author of the Fancy Nancy book series, Jane O'Connor. Kayleigh, who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, received a very special trip of a lifetime to New York City where she was greeted by Jane O'Connor, Annie Stone, assistant editor; Margaret Anastas, editor; and Robin Glasser, illustrator. Much to Kayleigh's surprise her very own book, written in the Fancy Nancy style was illustrated and published by Harper Collins Publishing. A Special Wish fulfilled her wish and now you can purchase a copy of her book in order to fulfill more Special Wishes like Kayleigh's. Read Kayleigh's complete Special Wish experience at http://www.specialwish.org/images/cushy/newsletters_23_3724652870.pdf.
As for Dr. Shelhouse he has only one thing to say, “I think we made a big difference in this organization's mission to leave no child's wish un-granted. Kayleigh's experience is just one example. I was profoundly touched by Kayleigh's story and everyone's support and enthusiasm in helping me win the competition. I am still on cloud nine and this was a night I will cherish dearly! Lastly, I really want to convey how honored and grateful I am to be included in this wonderful event. It reminds me that nothing can replace the generosity of our spirits and the special place children hold in our hearts.”