Kids Wish Network creates beautiful music for Ronnie’s ears

MOUNDS – Ronnie is an outgoing 15-year-old who like most teenagers loves rap music, watching his favorite WWF wrestler “The Rock” and playing video games. About six years ago Ronnie was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7, a genetic neurodegenerative illness that affects motor skills and sight. Ronnie is becoming blind, has difficulty in swallowing which affects his nutrition and energy levels and the deterioration of his muscles has confined him to a wheelchair. Although he has been dealt so many challenges in his life, Ronnie is an exceptional young man who chooses not to let his illness alter how he lives his life. Despite his health conditions, Ronnie continues to excel in math and enjoys singing in his church’s choir.

When Wish Coordinator TJ Whitlock of Kids Wish Network was contacted about Ronnie and his wish for a stereo system, she quickly put together a wish that would be music to Ronnie’s ears. In addition to a gift box full of gift certificates and goodies, Ronnie would soon be receiving a stereo system and a Playstation 2.

On Friday, December 21, Ronnie will feel like the master of all media when on behalf of Kids Wish Network, Chief Randy Cern of the Mounds Police Department will be presenting Ronnie with his outstanding electronic dream package.

You are invited: Become a special part of the magic this Friday, Dec. 21, when Ronnie, a Kids Wish Network “Wish Child” will receive his electronic dream come true. For more information including time and location, please contact Chief Cern at (618)745-6114 at Mounds City Hall.

Kids Wish Network would like to graciously thank Best Buy, John Nye, Garfield Restaurant, Champs, Camelot Music, Target, FYE, Schwan’s Ice Cream, Wal-Mart and Chief Randy Cern for making Ronnie’s wish possible.

Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit its web site at

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