Families thankful for community support during Hot Chocolate Run
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Around 10,000 people raced through downtown Columbus Sunday morning to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and indulge in some chocolate as well.
"Make-A-Wish here is the biggest chapter in the whole country," said Bridget Tharp with the foundation. "We grant more wishes than anyone else and we are really excited to partner with the Hot Chocolate Run to make more wishes happen."
For one Pickerington family, it means everything.
"It encourages Cimone every day," said Tonishia Stills, the mother of wish kid Cimone. "[It's] something to look forward to and we have seen it in her progress."
Fourteen-year-old Cimone is dealing with treatment-resistant epilepsy.
"Losing my memory, when I do wake up from it and having that really bad headache, it makes me feel you know a little down and tired, extremely tired, but, I just have to keep that in mind because I am grateful and blessed to be here," she said.
Soon, she'll be on her way to shop in Paris, her wish with the foundation.
"I love to travel and experience new things," said Cimone.
Of course, there was enough chocolate to go around.
Organizers said just on race day, more than 600 gallons of hot chocolate and 3,600 pounds of chocolate were be passed out and enjoyed.
"We start about two, three in the morning and we start making hot chocolate fondue," said Director of Food and Beverage Alan Kray.
The goal was to raise enough money for two wishes for two kids and their families.