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State grants $500,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Connecticut

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Make-A-Wish Connecticut headquarters in Trumbull flooded. The damage cost $300,000, and insurance only covered a third of it. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz was joined by local lawmakers to give back to this magical place.

Mark Sudol

Jan 8, 2024, 10:25 PM

Updated 161 days ago

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Make-A-Wish Connecticut has done so much to help others over the years – and now the state has stepped up to help Make-A-Wish.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Make-A-Wish Connecticut headquarters in Trumbull flooded.
"Water was gushing out of the two toilets...and what we subsequently determined, it was baby wipes got stuck in there. There were a few inches of sewage all over this floor and it leaked down to the lower level," said Make-A-Wish Connecticut president and CEO Pam Keough.
The damage cost $300,000, and insurance only covered a third of it.
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz was joined by local lawmakers to give back to this magical place.
"Five hundred thousand dollars was recently awarded by the Bond Commission from the state of Connecticut," said Bysiewicz.
That money will help cover damages from the flood but also other renovations, including more handicap accessibility.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted more than 4,000 wishes since 1986 for kids between 2 and 18 years old with critical illnesses.
It includes Jillian Duffy, who was battling cancer in 2013.
Her wish to go to Hawaii was granted.
She beat cancer, became Miss Connecticut and is now a Make-A-Wish journey coordinator.
"The wish is so much more than actually going on the wish. It's a hope, it's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's an opportunity to show you that you are normal," said Duffy.
Make-A-Wish is providing some normalcy and will now be able to continue its mission in the New Year.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut hopes all of its improvements will be completed by the middle of next year.


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