As Dunkin' Donuts wraps up a week of funding raising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 15-year-old Beca Lloyd of LaFayette was handing out paper stars Monday, designated "World Wish Day."
The stars entitle customers to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish in exchange for a free specialized donut with green frosting.
According to the CEO of Make-A-Wish Central New York, Diane Kuppermann, during the first four days of the campaign, Dunkin' Donut stores in central New York raised more than $24,000 which will help grant a "wish" for children with life threatening illnesses. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has helped 300,000 children fulfill their fondest wishes.
Beca Lloyd was promoting the event at the Dunkin' Donuts store on Chevy Drive in East Syracuse. She says she was 8-years-old when her wish to see a volcano was granted. Beca says the organization could not send her to a real volcano, so they sent her to Disney World instead which has a man-made volcano as one of its attractions. Since then, Lloyd has volunteered her time to raise awareness for Make-A-Wish.
Lloyd told CNY Central that she suffers from a heart condition and has had to undergo five open heart surgeries.