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Reds Hall Helps Make Wish Come True

04/09/12 12:15 AM ET

Reds Museum members help Make-A-Wish Foundation® grant wish of West Chester 16-year-old

On January 19, 2012 at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, Reds Hall of Famer Chris Sabo presented 16-year-old Wish Child Cody and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Southern Ohio Region with a check for $7,800.

With assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Southern Ohio Region, Cody wished to have all the equipment needed to become a DJ. The donation of $7,800, enough to fulfill Cody's entire wish, was generated through Reds Hall of Fame & Museum membership sales in 2011. A portion of the proceeds from the $200 "MVP" membership dues is given to a Hall of Famer's charity of choice. Chris Sabo was the MVP partner in 2011 and he chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the charity. The museum had 156 MVP members in 2011.

Cody, from West Chester, suffers from Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer found in the bone or soft tissue. Some symptoms of this life-threatening medical condition are swelling and intense bone pain. He has big dreams of entertaining through music, enjoys learning about history and wants to travel to Europe. "We are thrilled that this collaboration among our members, Hall of Famer Chris Sabo, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation was so successful," said Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director Rick Walls. "We thank our Most Valuable Partner Chris Sabo and our MVP members whose contributions helped make Cody's wish come true."

One of the most accomplished third basemen in Reds history, Sabo played for the Reds for five years from 1988 to 1993. He was a three-time All-Star, 1988 NL Rookie of the Year and during the Reds 1990 World Championship season led the club in home runs, doubles and runs scored. Sabo was elected into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

Chris Sabo presents Make a Wish Foundation a check
Reds Hall of Famer Chris Sabo presents Cody and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® with a check for $7,800 on January 19, 2012 at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana is the largest of the 62 Make-A-Wish® chapters in the country in terms of territory, wishes granted, children waiting for their wish to come true and potential Wish Children. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana fulfilled 863 wishes last program year - more wishes than any Make-A-Wish® chapter in the country in the history of the nationwide organization. Currently, the Southern Ohio region has 136 children waiting for their wish to come true. You can help share the power of a wish® by volunteering, contributing financially, donating frequent flier miles, adopting a wish or remembering the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your planned giving by calling (888) 441-9474. Currently, the Foundation is in need of volunteers in the Southeast Ohio area. For more information, visit our websites at,, and

About the Reds Hall of Fame:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 78 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Cincinnati Reds.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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