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Restaurant Owner Teams Up With Make-A-Wish to Help Excelsior Boy With Leukemia Attend 2010 World Cup Soccer Games

Four Twin Cities Restaurants Hope to Raise $20,000 to Grant Child's Wish

Guests enjoying "Wish List" items to earn stamps for their Passports can help a 16-year old boy from Excelsior, Minnesota realize his dream of watching games at the 2010 World Cup, simply by visiting one of the four locally-owned Cara Irish Pubs between now and April 18, 2010.

Twin Cities restaurateur Kieran Folliard, an avid soccer fan himself, turned his personal disappointment that Ireland will not be represented in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament into a personal mission to help a local child who is battling Acute Myelocytic Leukemia attend the pinnacle of all soccer tournaments. "If Ireland can't go to the World Cup, then at least we can send someone from Minnesota who is passionate about soccer," said Folliard, owner of four Twin Cities' pubs.

A portion of revenues from Kieran's Pub, The Local, The Liffey and Cooper will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota to fund this unique soccer wish now through April 18, 2010.

"We have been able to secure some donations on travel expenses, but Make-A-Wish's resources only go so far - we need the community's help to make this wish happen," said Tom McKinney, executive director of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota.

The focus of this effort is to help Nathan* and his family travel to South Africa for some of the 2010 World Cup games. The tournament runs from mid-June to mid-July and will be held in Cape Town. All his life Nathan has loved sports, especially soccer. He has been able to play soccer nearly every year but his illness kept him off the field recently. Not long ago, Nathan underwent a stem cell transplant in hopes of improving his health.

*The family name is withheld to protect the family's privacy.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 66 chapters in the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates spanning five continents.

Founded in 1982, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota has granted nearly 3,000 wishes to children across the state. Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota has been reviewed by the Charities Review Council and is proud to have met its Accountability Standards. To read the charity review report, visit the Charities Review Council at www.SmartGivers.org. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota, please call 612.767.9474 or visit the web site at www.wishmn.org.

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