Local Make-A-Wish teen working to help others


URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - An Urbana teenage Make-A-Wish recipient is now working to help others.

15-year-old Corbin Koch battled cancer for six months, but was sent on vacation with his family through the program.

Now, his family has raised $700 for Make-A-Wish Illinois' Walk for Wishes on May 5 in West Side Park in Champaign.

The family is hoping to raise $1,000.

Corbin is a freshman at Urbana High School. He is studying from home after being diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma last fall. He had to undergo surgery on his colon after a growing mass was found.

He underwent six chemotherapy treatments and is now in remission.

Corbin was also born with a rare inherited condition called ataxia telangiectasia, a disease that affects several organs in the body and raises the risk for cancer. The disease generally puts people in wheelchairs by their teenage years.

Corbin has some mobility, but is mostly wheelchair bound.

Through the Make-A-Wish program, Corbin and his family traveled to Orlando to attend theme parks, including SeaWorld.

Wish trips are funded through donations.

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