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Colorado Springs boy who beat cancer surprised with real-life Candy Land

Sara B. Hansen

By Sara B. Hansen / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Denver-based Sugarwish teamed up this month with Make-A-Wish to create a Candy Land-themed backyard playground for a 3-year-old Colorado Springs boy.

Michael, who recently beat stage four kidney cancer, can't go to the playground due to his delicate immune system.

So Sugarwish and Make-A-Wish brought the playground to him and created a new backyard play space filled with his favorite sweets, including fruity Tootsie Rolls, saltwater taffy, and more.

Sugarwish and Make-A-Wish even brought special treats for his dog, Tuka.

"This heart-warming story shows the magic that makes Make-A-Wish so special and why we feel so lucky to be partnering with them," said Elisabeth Vezzani, Sugarwish CEO and co-founder.

"Being able to deliver happiness and now hope is what we are all about."

Making wishes come true

Jessica Flores, wish coordinator at Make-A-Wish Colorado, said, "These families have gone through a hard time and a wish is really essential to bring hope and joy in helping these kids have a little normalcy and some wonderfulness in their lives."

Sugarwish is a women-owned gift company that lets recipients choose their gifts from an assortment of candy, cookies, popcorn, snacks, dog treats, coffee, tea, or wine.

Make-A-Wish creates wishes for critically ill children. Since 1980, the organization has granted more than 500,000 wishes, including more than 340,000 in the U.S.

Make-A-Wish Colorado has granted 178 wishes in the past year. Make-A-Wish Colorado was founded in 1983 in memory of 7-year-old Jennifer Mazak. Her mother Joan founded the Colorado chapter to bring hope and joy to ill children.

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