During Concord Junior High School’s Closing Ceremony for their Make-A-Wish Fundraising Campaign on March 31, it was clear that not all heroes wear capes. Some come in the form of 7th and 8th graders making a difference.

That morning, Concord Junior High School stunned the community by announcing they had raised more than $43,000 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation during this year’s month-long “Heroes in the House” fundraiser.

Since starting this campaign in the 90s, this school has inspired the community with their dedication toward giving to others. Adding this new amount to their historical total, Concord Junior High School has raised nearly $350,000 to support the Make-A-Wish mission, setting a record for school fundraising in the Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana territory.

Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana is the local serving chapter of the national Make-A-Wish Foundation. The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant wishes of children with life-threatening medication conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Every dollar raised locally stays locally and goes on to grant local children’s wishes.

Making wishes possible in Indiana has been something Concord Junior High School takes seriously. Between a 5K, trivia nights, a Family Fun Night and other fundraisers, every single member of the Concord Junior High School family was involved. Students and staff thought of creative ways to help raise more money. In one case, a teacher allowed her students to cut off her hair, one dollar per snip, which was also then made into a wig for a child in need.

“I am blown away by all of the hard work and effort that was put into these events,” said Morgan James, Development Associate at Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. “I want the students at Concord Junior High School to know they all are changing the lives of kids who constantly hear no—‘no you can’t go to school, play sports or have a sleepover.’ Generosity like this helps Make-A-Wish say yes to their wishes. The students at Concord are all heroes, and we could not do what we do without supporters like them.”

Through this year’s fundraising of $43,000, Concord Junior High is able to grant the wishes of wish kids Lilie (14), Neveah (9) and Christian (6), plus several more local wishes (as the average cost of a wish is $8,000).

All three area wish kids will now get to take trips of their dreams with their families. Wish kid Lilie (14) of Walkerton, Ind. is battling Chron’s Disease and wishes to take a Caribbean cruise. Wish kid Neveah (9), of Mishawaka, Ind. is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and wishes to visit Walt Disney World® Resort with her family. Wish kid Christian (6), of Elkhart, Ind. is battling Cystic Fibrosis and also wishes to visit Walt Disney World® Resort.

For schools inspired by Concord Junior High School wishing to host their own fundraisers, call 1-877-206-9474, visit, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @makeawishohkyin.

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