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May 18, 2016

Fremont Community Rallies to Surprise Wish Child Olivia

Olivia's Surprise Wish Reveal
When long time Make-A-Wish supporter and Fremont school teacher Claudine Dentoni heard from one of her second grade students that an older student had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, she knew she had to connect that child with Make-A-Wish.

Claudine has been supporting Make-A-Wish for years through the annual Macy's Believe campaign, collecting thousands of letters from classrooms all over the Fremont School District. 

Claudine was able to connect with eighth grader Olivia, telling her about the lasting power of a wish and putting her family in touch with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. But Claudine didn't stop there. 


In order to support Olivia and raise money to help grant wishes for all Bay Area wish children, Claudine organized a community rally that doubled as a surprise wish reveal for Olivia. On April 6th, hundreds of friends, family members and Fremont community members gathered at Centerville Jr. High to support Olivia’s journey. The evening was full of fun, surprises and fundraising for Make-A-Wish.


There were heartfelt tributes for Olivia, a special speech from a former wish family, a heartfelt video created by Olivia's classmates, performances and even a special surprise visit by her uncle, who flew in to be there for her at the event! Then, Olivia got the best surprise of all: her wish to go on a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean was coming true! 

Olivia and her uncle

Happy Olivia

Claudine had worked with Olivia’s wish granting team, who also came to the rally to reveal Olivia's wish in front of all her friends and family. The evening was truly magical for Olivia, who is now in remission, and it was amazing to see such a supportive community rally behind such a brave girl.

Olivia Reveal

Thank you, Claudine, for all your hard work and support of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area! 

Olivia sign

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