Wed., July 11, 2012 12:00pm (EDT)

Georgia Make-A-Wish Faces Backlog
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
About 600 sick and dying children in Georgia have to wait for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant their wish because of soaring demand and dwindling donations. (Image Courtesy of Make-A-Wish Foundation.)
About 600 sick and dying children in Georgia have to wait for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant their wish because of soaring demand and dwindling donations. (Image Courtesy of Make-A-Wish Foundation.)
The Georgia chapter of a national charity that works to grant the wishes of sick and dying children is facing a major backlog.

Georgia officials with the Make-A-Wish Foundation said donations have dropped and costs have risen as demanded for wishes has increased.

Weston Crusselle, a 17-year-old Cobb County boy with leukemia, has spent a year and a half on the charity's waiting list. He's one of 600 children in Georgia who have to wait for their wish. Charity officials said many of them don't have the time to wait because of their medical conditions.

The charity said about 60 percent of the wishes involve flights, but with lost donations and more expensive airfare, the charity is having trouble keeping up with the requests.