The Make-A-Wish Foundation recently granted a Cornwall boy his wish and proceeds from a local race will be going towards the agency.
The Highly Caffeinated 5K and Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21 at March Farm, 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has made it possible for 4-year-old Colton Poley of Cornwall to get a truck-themed bedroom.
Colton was diagnosed with a rare cancer that resulted in the surgical removal of his right eye. His mother, Ashton Poley, said her son has been thrilled with his wish come true.
“I take him to car shows and his father used to drive a truck,” Ashton Poley said.
“Colton was in remission for a year beginning last September, after chemotherapy and five surgeries,” she said. “Recently, the doctors took X-rays that showed the other eye has a possible malignancy. He is not going through treatments now, just trying to get a diagnosis,”
Carin Buckman, communications & digital manager with Make-A-Wish, said her chapter averages nine months to grant a wish, and Colton’s wish time frame fell within that range.
“We work closely with the family and our volunteer wish granters to get at the heart of every child’s wish,” she said.
“Since Colton loves cars, we made sure to design his bedroom and purchase items that would make him super happy and create hope as he battles his illness. We wanted to create a room that Colton could grow into,” Buckman said.
However, since Colton’s wish “was granted at the height of COVID,” the organization had all the furniture items delivered to a staff member’s house, and then rented a vehicle “to safely transport it to Cornwall Bridge,” she said
Buckman also noted that the wish was delivered “on a very hot and humid day – at a time when all staff needed to have masks in place.”
“Colton was so excited with all the activity occurring in his home and was eager to play,” Buckman said. “Once he saw his new bedroom, all he could say was ‘Wow.’”
Highly Caffeinated Co-founder Corey Durkin said he is sponsoring the upcoming race since it combines “our love of athletics, music, fundraising and of course, coffee, as we raise a bunch of money for an amazing cause.”
The 5K runs from 10 a.m.to noon, kicking off with a three-lap course around the rolling hills of the family-owned March Farm. The race is followed by the music festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m.
The lineup of artists includes The Penniless Wild, Gracie Day, Canyon, Brian Jarvis, Seth Glier, Fast River, Chris Trapper, Pat McGee, Sophie B. Hawkins, and closing out the night, The Alternate Routes.
Food and drink vendors on-site will include: The Mobile Pub, Frankie’s Hot Dogs, and Rebel Dog Brewing Co.
Tickets for the 5K only are $35, the 5K and music festival are $45 and the music festival only is $40. Ticket prices increase by $10 on the day of the event. Tickets are available at trimorebemore.com/5k/.