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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Troopers help dreams come true

Troopers help dreams come true

In September of 1989, the Troop C Trooper's Association adopted the Troop C Grant-A-Wish Program. The Grant-A-Wish Program enables children with a life-altering or life-threatening illness, who reside in the Troop C community, to fulfill a wish they would not otherwise be financially able to fulfill.

The Grant-A-Wish Program has granted 6 wishes so far this year, with several more already planned. The wishes have ranged from meeting their favorite singer or hero to Disney World vacations.

The latest wish was granted just recently to Alise Gros of the Lockport area. Alise is a 7-year old child with a life-altering illness as well as several other medical problems. When she was asked if she had any wish in the world what would it be, she said she wished to meet and sing with Tim McGraw.

After many months of planning, Alise traveled to Las Vegas with her family to meet Tim McGraw. While in Las Vegas, she was able to take a behind the scenes tour of M&M World and was allowed to make her very own M&Ms. She was so excited to make her very own M&Ms with “Alise loves Tim” printed on them.

Alise was also allowed access to a member’s only tour of the Lied Children’s Discovery Museum before it even opened to the public. She attended the Tim McGraw concert where she met Tim McGraw and Faith Hill before the show. She was able to sing her favorite song with Tim and presented him with her personalized “Alise loves Tim” M&Ms.

During the concert, Tim McGraw stopped the show and called Alise to the stage where he presented her with a signed guitar, something that was not planned.

When she was asked if she enjoyed the trip, she said her trip was the “best ever” and “terrific”.

The Troop C Grant-A-Wish Program is funded through private donations, annual fund-raisers and a Corporate Sponsorship Program. The Program is also very proud to be partnered with several civic organizations in the Troop C area which includes Assumption, Lafourche, and Terrebonne Parishes, and St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes on the west side of the Mississippi River. 

The program is open to children up to the age of 18 who have a life-altering or life-threatening illness which has been diagnosed by a doctor.

Wishes are granted on a case-by-case basis after careful consultation between the Grant-A-Wish Board of Directors, the child's family, and the treating physician.

If you know a child that you would like to see their wish granted or if you would like to donate towards a wish, visit the Troop’s new Grant-A-Wish web site at contact Trooper Gilbert Dardar at (985) 857-3680.

The next sponsor event will be the Annual Troop C Grant-A-Wish Golf Tournament to be held at Ellendale Country Club in Houma on October 21, 2013.