Local Make-A-Wish teen raises money for the foundation

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A local teen who was granted a wish after suffering from kidney failure is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

AnaMaria Ahmed experienced Nephronophthisis, a genetic kidney disease that affects children, during a skii trip in 2011.

She is adopted, making it difficult to find a match in her immediate family.

Her mother, Darlene Arnold, reached out to Make-A-Wish and they granted her a trip to Paris.

5 days later, a match was found and Ahmed underwent a kidney transplant.

Later in 2012, she took her week-long trip to Paris, with stops in Normandy, the Luxembourg Garden and Notre Dam Cathedral, which was her favorite part of the trip.

She's now 17 and doesn't remember much from the trip due to her illness, but says it was an experience of a lifetime.

"I felt honored to be honest. When I was 11 and you told me I was going to Paris, I would've never believed it. It was really amazing," she said.

"It gave me hope in a really desperate time. That's what Make-A-Wish does for families. They're not just there for the kids, they're helping the families get through some horrible times, and the trip was amazing," said her mother, Darlene Arnold.

Ahmed will be attending the Walk For Wishes fundraiser that will be held at Binghamton University on Sunday, April 30th to tell her story.

So far, AnaMaria has raised nearly $3,400 for Make-A-Wish Central New York.

Click the link to donate to her cause.


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