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Rotary Club joins forces with Kingdom Kids

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett Rotary Club is helping make wishes come true for children battling difficult health issues for a second time.

Rotary Club of Gwinnett Mosaic recently adopted the Gwinnett-based organization Kingdom Kids as its sponsored charity.

Kingdom Kids grants wishes for children, those facing the challenges of cancer, cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, abandonment, abuse, neglect and more, who have already been granted a wish by major wish granting organization or who do not pass through the application process.

According to Kingdom Kids, for most of these larger organization, once a child is granted a wish, he or she is ineligible to receive another wish, even if the situation that prompted the wish-granting re-emerges.

“As we became more involved in the community through various projects, we noticed there was a passion within our club to provide second chances to those that have fallen on hard times more than once,” said Derek Schwerzler, Rotary Club president. “When we met with (founders) Kevin (Ford) and Justin (Hutchinson), we knew immediately that Kingdom Kids was the perfect charitable organization for our club to adopt. Kingdom Kids’ mission speaks directly to what Rotary is all about: ‘service above self’ and to our club’s passion for giving second chances.”

Since its inception a year and a half ago, Kingdom Kids has raised more than $140,000 to grant wishes, with 100 percent of proceeds going toward its mission. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett Mosaic plans to support that mission not only financially but through volunteer efforts as well, most immediately through volunteering at Lily’s Run on Oct. 10 in Cumming. The second annual 5K and one-mile fun run will benefit Lily Anderson, who has battled an aggressive form of cancer for the past year, as well as 10 other local children facing challenging circumstances.

The Rotary Club has signed on to support Kingdom Kids through June 2011.

“We are very excited to be partnering up with such a great civic organization in Rotary Mosaic,” Ford said. “We believe this partnership will allow us to extend our reach further into the community and therefore increase the impact we can have.”

For more information on Kingdom Kids, visit www.supportkingdomkids.com.