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Magical Mix Kids Get Trip Of A Lifetime

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)

Mickey Mouse, and his many friends, are ready and waiting. Mickey, and the famous Disney characters, will be waiting with open arms on Sunday, September 27. That's the day the Magical Mix Kids from the Cedar Valley arrive at Disney World in Florida for a tenth straight year.

Magical Mix Kids is a unique Cedar Valley non-profit organization, which grants wishes to kids suffering from a chronic or terminal illness. This year, twelve Cedar Valley children, and their families, will make the annual trip to Disney World.

Over the past nine years, Magical Mix Kids has provided the all-expenses paid trip to 132 area children, who suffer from the chronic and sometimes, terminal illnesses. The six-day Florida trip gives the children, and their families, a very special time together, away from worries of their treatments, a hospital or medical expenses  

Jim Coloff, owner of Mix-96 Radio, KCVM, and Director of Magical Mix Kids, says, "It's hard to believe this will be our 10th tip with the kids. We are so fortunate to have a very generous Cedar Valley that believes these kids deserve to have their dream come true and visit Disney World."

One Magical Mix Kids Board member, Dr. Kim Newman, has made the trip to Orlando the past five years, and echoes Jim Coloff's grateful enthusiasm. Dr. Newman says, "Many of these families have never traveled before, due to the health concerns for their child. We try to give them the peace of mind knowing we are there to help, if a problem arises."

Magical Mix Kids holds several fundraisers throughout the year, in an effort to secure enough money to make the annual trip. The largest annual event is the Magical Mix Kids Charity Auction. The most recent Charity Auction was held in January at the Park Place Events Center in Cedar Falls.

Jim Coloff points out, "We are very proud of the fact that we have very few expenses, other than the trip. We pay no rent, no utilities and have no paid staff. Aside from some minor costs to organize events, 100 % of the money raised goes to take the kids to Disney World."

What really makes the annual Magical Mix Kids trip so special is the fact that the family members, Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters, also experience the fun and excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime family adventure. The non-profit Magical Mix Kids organization pays for the busing to the airport, the flights, hotel, meals, Disney park tickets and even a few souvenirs.  

If you'd like to see them off, the Magical Mix Kids will leave from the Sam's Club parking lot in Waterloo, at 8:30 AM on Sunday, September 27.

The kids and their families will board two buses, bound for the Quad City Airport in Moline, Illinois. From Moline, they will board a flight to Orlando, Florida.  The Magical Mix Kids will return to the Cedar Valley on Friday, October, 2.

For more information, please contact Jim Coloff, Magical Mix Director, at 319-231-5003, or Board member, Dr. Kim Newman, at 319-272-4300.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl,com

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