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Dave Olson, Published May 24 2013

Make-A-Wish fulfills dreams for Argusville brother, sister

HUNTER, N.D. – Friday was a particularly nice day for Addy Fell, 11, and her brother, Clay Fell, 8.

First of all, it was the last day of school.

Second of all, they each got a wish.

It happened during an end-of-the-school-year awards ceremony at Northern Cass School.

The folks from Make-A-Wish North Dakota called Clay to the stage in the school auditorium to let him know he would be getting a new Xbox video game console and a limo ride to a Game Stop video game store, where he can indulge in a $500 shopping spree.

Then it was his sister‘s turn.

Arriving on the auditorium stage in her wheelchair, Addy was informed she would be getting her wish of swimming with mermaids.

It will happen at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida.

After their classmates got done clapping and cheering for them, brother and sister, who both have limb girdle muscular dystrophy, expressed surprise and thanks for their gifts.

“I owe them (Make-A-Wish) for the rest of my life because this is amazing, honestly,” Addy said, adding that she was looking forward to her Florida vacation and having time to “just have fun with my family and swim.”

Their mother, Becky Fell, said the wishes will show her kids they can do anything they want to do.

“It’s pretty amazing,” she said.

Their father, Bruce Fell, teared up.

“It’s humbling and fills your heart full of joy,” he said.

Make-A-Wish North Dakota fulfills the wishes of about 60 children a year, according to organizer Kevin Register, who added that the average price of each wish is about $6,000.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555