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Dixie man has Make a Wish dream come true

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email 

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - You may of heard of the Make A Wish Foundation. It grants wishes to kids who are fighting deadly illnesses. One young man from Dixie, Kirk Lee, made a wish when he was 14 and battling cancer.

Lee is now 19 years old and a freshman at Pearl River Community College. He is studying to become an electrician. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma six years ago. While in the hospital he met the people from Make A Wish.

"They told me I could make a wish and I didn't know what I wanted to do. So I thought about it and hopefully I was able to go back to high school and then I'd be going to college one day and I thought that would be a good wish, to have my college paid for."

On Tuesday that wish came true as Make A Wish presented Lee with a check for six thousand dollars to cover his education at PRCC. Shellie Moses, South Mississippi Director of Make A Wish made the check presentation.

"This was a very unique wish, most of our children obviously the number one wish is to go to Disney World, maybe to meet a celebrity something along those lines but to actually wish for an education. That says quite a lot about the character of him and we are just thrilled to be able to be a part of it," said Moses.

Also thrilled are Lee's grandparents, Carolyn and Bennie Lee, who were by his side during his cancer treatment and they remain his biggest supporters.

"We just are proud of him and he went through that cancer like there wasn't anything wrong with him. He never gave up or said a bad word like oh I might not make it or anything like that. He was super good with it and he never complained about anything," said Bennie Lee.

Kirk Lee said he's been in remission for about four and a half years. He is currently looking forward to making his career goals come true.

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