LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Ten young people were treated to a day at the track at Make-A-Wish day at Keeneland Thursday.
5-year-old Jack Wells was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome meaning that the left side of his heart was not formed. The result of this has been two open heart surgeries, the child just narrowly avoided having a transplant.
"We found a doctor in Columbus, Ohio, that went in and created a surgery for him and his heart works just like mine," his mother Jenny said. The Make-A-Wish Foundation will be granting Jack's Disney Land wish soon.
The ten Make-A-Wish recipients were at Keeneland watching and presenting trophies from the Winner's Circle.
18-year-old Seth Westerman was the first out of the gate.
"I had 16 inches of my colon removed because it was necrotic. Then procedure after procedure," said Seth.
He had 125 procedures in all. His wish is for a gaming computer. Seth also decided to meet the jockey who will be riding the horse No Limit, a symbol for what Seth has had to overcome.
"I've gotta stay happy, gotta stay optimistic about what I can and can't do," he said.
Seth's mom Bonnie said she was very appreciative towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"I can't say enough about it. They are just wonderful, and we really appreciate them," she said.
Keeneland's Make-A-Wish Day has raised more than a half million dollars over the years and they have helped grant 72 wishes in all.
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