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Make-A-Wish celebrates 30 years in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For children fighting life-threatening illness, hope is a precious commodity. For 30 years now, Make-A-Wish San Diego has been providing that, and making dreams both big and small come true, including an unforgettable ride to the Grammy red carpet for one local teen fighting cancer.

A trip to the Grammys was all Tina Peterson wanted, and Make-A-Wish San Diego made that dream come true.

"We got to watch Grammy rehearsal, we went to the Grammy Museum, we went to Universal Studios," she said.

Tina was diagnosed with lymphoma a couple of years ago.

"It's life threatening, but the prognosis for lymphoma versus other cancers is very good, so I feel very lucky," she said.

Tina also feels grateful to Make-A-Wish for helping her heal.

"There's the physical recovery obviously, but there's also the emotional and mental recovery," she said.

"We have found that a wish is the turning point often times in a child's recovery and has helped the child and family look to the future with optimism, instead of pessimism," Make-A-Wish San Diego President and CEO Chris Sichel said.

Make-A-Wish San Diego grants about 200 wishes a year, like one from Wade, a young cancer patient from Iowa. His wish was to be a pirate.

It takes money to make wishes reality.

"It takes between $7,000 and $8,000 on average, per wish to make a wish come true for a child. Some less, some more," Sichel said.

Celebrating 30 years in San Diego, Make-A-Wish is hosting Roll Out the Barrel, a food and wine fundraiser this Saturday at Humphrey's.

"A fun celebration of our mission, it's supported by 30 restaurants, breweries and wineries, who donate all of their product. And so all the resources that are generated that night go directly to granting wishes in San Diego," Sichel explained.

So whether it's helping a little pirate set sail, or a teen live a red carpet dream, your help can provide inspiration on the road to recovery.

"The day of the Grammys we got to sit on the red carpet and meet a bunch of celebrities. It was surreal, it was so amazing," Tina said.

Tina will be singing a couple of songs at Roll Out the Barrel. She's been cancer-free for 1 1/2 years.

Roll Out the Barrell starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and ends at 10 p.m. at Humprey's. Tickets are available HERE.

News 8's Carlo Cecchetto will be the master of ceremonies.

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