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6-Year-Old's Christmas Wish for Prosthetic Arm Will Be Fulfilled, Thanks to Online Donors

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Like most kids, 6-year-old Christopher Kiezek sat on Santa Claus's lap and requested an Xbox One. But unlike others his age, he also asked Santa for fingers so he could play. Now, thanks to an online campaign, Christopher's request will become reality.

The Long Island, New York, native was born without part of his left arm. His mother, Christine, told radio station 1010 WINS that Christopher's old prosthesis does not fit him. Insurance will not cover the cost of a new one because it isn't considered necessary to the child's life.

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After hearing of the secret request that he whispered to Santa Claus, family friend Robert Jackson set up a GoFundMe campaign. The goal was to raise the $25,000 needed for Christopher's prosthetic arm.

"I cried," Jackson said to Fox TV station WNYW in New York after he learned of the boy's Christmas wish. "It's what Christmas is all about — raising money for someone in need. That's what we're trying to do."

That is exactly what the family friend, known as Uncle Bobby, accomplished, along with the help of some media attention and many generous donations. The fundraising goal was doubled, and Christopher will receive the news from his parents on Christmas Day that his wish is coming true.

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"I started thanking people individually on the website," Jackson said after the campaign hit its goal. "It has actually gotten to the point [where] I can't thank them all."

Jackson plans to start a nonprofit organization in Christopher's name with the extra funds raised.

 

 

 

 

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