Pocahontas senior gives his “Make-A-Wish” prize to community
POCAHONTAS—Chase McDonnough, a Pocahontas High School senior, was revealed as this year’s Make-A-Wish grand prize recipient at Thursday night’s athletic awards banquet where he unselfishly chose to pay it forward by donating his prize to the local community in the form of new tennis courts.
McDonnough, a key member of the Redskin tennis team as well as the Redskin basketball team, could have used his wish to go anywhere or do anything he wanted but instead passed along his prize for others to enjoy. McDonnough is a threetime survivor of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome TEN, an auto-immune disease that makes the immune system attack the body. Several representatives from Make-A-Wish Mid-South were in attendance at the annual Pocahontas High School Athletic Awards Banquet Thursday night in the M.D. Williams gymnasium where McDonnough’s big reveal as the winner topped off the night. This year’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Chair Jennifer Reed said this was the first time a recipient in this area has ever chosen to give their prize to the community instead of using it themselves. This year, after several donations and fundraising, Make-A-Wish Mid-South raised $16,000 that McDonnough chose to give the community.
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