Thursday, April 22, 2010

Make-A-Wish grants Harry Potter fan's wish

WKRN Channel 2 News
Posted: Apr 21, 2010 10:07 PM CDT Tenn. – Five-year-old Hunter Bernhardt was born with a heart defect and last year, was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma. He loves Harry Potter and has seen all six movies. "He was born with a heart defect," explained his mother, Susan Jaco. "When he was 20 days old he had a heart transplant. He'd been doing well with his heart until this past summer [when] he was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma." Jaco said Hunter spent more than 100 days in the hospital last year and watched the Harry Potter movies "over and over." Recently, he wished to meet Harry Potter. His wish will come true this summer, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Belmont University's Greek community raised money and teamed up with Make-A-Wish to set up Wednesday's "Potter Party", where Hunter and his family learned they'd be taking a trip to Florida this summer. They will see the grand opening of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando in June. "I get to go see Harry Potter!" Hunter exclaimed. "I am so proud," said Jaco. "I wish I could be half as tough as he is because he is so strong and so brave, and I wish I could be like that." Read more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation at

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