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Make-a-Wish gives shopping spree to Hawaii boy

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Jocelyn Langford

It's the holiday season, and children everywhere are making a list for Santa, but for one boy, his wishes are already coming true.

Eight-year-old James Dixon wished for a shopping spree at Best Buy, and on Wednesday he got it. He went to school like any other day, but a limo showed up at his school with his family to take him to Best Buy.

When James was only three-years-old, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Josh Dixon, James' dad, got the news over the phone. "I was deployed in Iraq at the time when I found out. I found out Christmas day and he was diagnosed Christmas Eve U.S. time."

Blanca, James' mom, said this is always a tough time of the year since this the anniversary of when James was diagnosed.

But now, five years later, Make-A-Wish foundation is helping to make all of James' dreams come true.

"I think this was the best day of my life," James said at the checkout line.

Among his gifts were a TV, Xbox, games, controllers, gaming headphones, headphones, a laptop and even a Kindle for his sister.

James was excited to get home and play Halo on his new Xbox and new TV, but not before taking the limo to get pizza, his favorite food.

Dean Willis, the Aiea Best Buy store manager, was more than happy to help make James' wish come true.

"One of his wishes was to shop at Best Buy, so man, as soon as I heard that I said ‘absolutely!'" Willis said.

Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children ages 2-18 who have life-threatening medical conditions.

The Make-A-Wish in Hawaii fundraises locally, so all the money they raise here, goes to help keiki in Hawaii.

"We don't set a price tag on any wish, it doesn't matter what the child wished for. What this is really all about is giving the child an experience above and beyond what they could ever dream of," said Camilla Crescenzo, development manager for Make-A-Wish Hawaii.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish, or to find out how you can donate, visit

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