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This Saturday St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Charles: a wish come true for toddler riding in the lead car

Mar 09, 2016 01:43PM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

The parade will run along Main Street between 6th Street and 4th Avenue and begins at 2pm this Saturday March 12th. Here is the rest of the day's activite line-up:
  • 10am: Arcada Theater will host a St. Patrick's Day Dance Show
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm: Deck out your lucky dog and come on down to the Municipal Building to register for the dog costume contest. Walk your dog in the parade! 
  • 12:30 - 2:00pm: Bring your lucky kids for free cookies & St. Patrick's Day craft at the History Museum 
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Special Ride Thanks to Make-A-Wish Volunteer and the St. Charles Police Department

If you’re one of the estimated 20,000 parade-goers planning to attend the St. Charles St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, make sure you give a special wave and cheer extra loud for the lead car, a St. Charles Police SUV. In it will be 3-year-old Blake and his father Scott, who will have the special spot in the parade thanks to Make-A-Wish Illinois and the St. Charles Police Department.

Blake has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, and an autoimmune disorder. Make-A-Wish volunteer Melinda Kintz, sister-in-law of St. Charles Deputy Police Chief Dave Kintz, worked out the arrangements. Melinda saw the parade as a perfect fit. “When my wish granting partner and I met this family and heard about Blake's love of cars, trucks and trains, we immediately thought the parade would be fun for him and his Dad to experience together,” she said. “The City of St. Charles has been kind and generous in the past about finding a spot for our wish kids in both the St. Patrick's and Christmas Electric parades. We appreciate the City’s enthusiasm and support. They are providing a lasting family memory and a nice break in the medical storm. Priceless!”

Deputy Chief Kintz and his team are happy to help. “It is a great opportunity for us to put a smile on Blake's face with all that he is going through,” he said. “We hope that he likes getting a front row seat to the parade and the opportunity to ride in a squad car.”

Blake’s mom Larissa said Blake can’t wait. “He is very excited. His favorite episode of the Nick Jr. show ‘Team Umizoomi’ is the UmiCops,” she said. Larissa said Blake loves the sirens and always tries to imitate them. She also said he’s ready to wave to the crowds, “He’s a ham.”

Also on tap for Blake, his wish to visit Florida theme parks, especially those with animals, is being planned for the summer, according to Make-A-Wish.

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