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Photo Essay: When an illness can be forgotten for a day

“This event has evolved, grown, and served dozens and dozens of wish kids and their families each year. It brings hope, strength and joy, and a moment of respite during tough times in their treatment.” – Patti Gorsky

It is not just the sick child that suffers from medical problems but parents and siblings as well. Since it started in 2008, Yacht Blast for Kids has become the largest fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. The August 28 event served 34 families who rode yachts on Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.

Read the article and view the photo essay that were produced as companion features for this news report.

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Lee Matz

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Lee Matz

A Milwaukee native, Lee worked internationally for years as an award-winning foreign photojournalist based in Asia. He was also Wisconsin's first war correspondent to report from Ukraine in 2022. Lee proudly uses MCTS as the exclusive mode of transportation for covering all his local news assignments.