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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 8:00am

Georgia Make-A-Wish Faces Backlog

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.

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