From Wish Kid To Wish Granter

LINDEN — Recognizing the impact of her wish experience, 14-year-old Noelle Sollivan organized “Volley for Wishes,” a volleyball marathon to benefit Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, taking place at St. Mary & St. Elizabeth Academy on Saturday, April 14.

Sollivan, from Linden, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had her wish for an above-ground pool granted by Make-A-Wish New Jersey in 2008 when she was 10 years old. Now she wants to help share the power of a wish.

“When my wish was granted I was able to experience a sense of hope and love during a time of sadness and desperation,” says Sollivan. “I really want to help another child experience that same joy!”

Combining her passion for volleyball and love for Make-A-Wish, Sollivan organized the event with help from her family and friends, who witnessed the positive impact of Sollivan’s wish experience.

“I really hope to raise enough money to fund a wish,” says Sollivan. “I also want to spread the word and get the community involved with the mission of Make-A-Wish.”

Everyone from the community is welcome to attend. All proceeds from ticket sales and team participation fees will be donated to Make-A-Wish® New Jersey.

“Volley for Wishes” will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Mary & St. Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa Street, Linden. Admission is $1 for children 13 and younger, $2 for people 14 and older. The team participation fee: is $50 for 30 minutes of court time. All proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish® New Jersey.

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