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Six-Year-Old Bennington Boy to Be a Logger in Island Pond Courtesy of Make-A-Wish®: Jay Peak, Plum Creek Logging, Goodridge Lumber and Rusty DeWees Donate Services

Keegan, a six-year-old boy from Bennington, Vermont who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, will receive his wish to be a logger on July 16, 2014.

Keegan and his family from southwestern Vermont will travel to Island Pond in the state’s Northeast Kingdom to meet the crew from Plum Creek Logging Company and become a real logger. Sporting a logger’s outfit, Keegan will ride in a logging truck and view the active logging operation. A team from Goodridge Lumber will take Keegan and his family on a tour to see how logs are turned into lumber. Plus, he also will get a special visit from Rusty “The Logger” DeWees, Vermont’s legendary entertainer, comedian and logger.

Plum Creek Logging, Goodridge Lumber and Rusty DeWees are donating their services to help make Keegan’s wish magical.

After a day of excitement as a logger, Keegan and his family will be special guests of Jay Peak Resort, where they will stay at no charge for four days.

“Keegan’s wish is more than just a nice thing because it will have a lasting impact on everyone involved – Keegan, his family, sponsors, volunteers, and all of the individuals and businesses that have come together to make his wish come true,” said Leslie Williams, CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont.

“Families and health care professionals agree – and it’s supported by research – that a wish can be a real game changer,” added Williams. The true power of a wish is that it allows families to get away from all of the medical challenges and just spend time together; in some cases, it can be the turning point to improved health.”

Make–A-Wish Vermont grants wishes to Vermont children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Make-A-Wish Vermont at www.vermont.wish.org or call 802-864-9393.

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(Note to editors/producers: Please contact Shawna Wakeham-Smith of Make-A-Wish Vermont prior to July 16 if considering covering this event; the caravan to the active logging site departs from the park in Island Pond at 12:00 p.m. sharp, and all visitors need to be escorted.)