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"Worlds Largest" Cranberry Cheesecake Makes Kids Wishes Come TrueSubmitted: 10/06/2012
Story By Kailey Burton

EAGLE RIVER - Today marked the start of the 33rd annual Cranberry Fest in Eagle River.

For 21 of those years "The World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake" has helped make dreams come true for very ill children.

Despite a brisk and cloudy day, cranberry lovers strolled through Downtown Eagle River, and the Vilas County fairgrounds for crafts, fun treats, and of course cranberries.

But the most famous desert is perhaps the largest. A 140 foot long of cranberry cheesecake is sold each year to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"Randy, my late husband, and myself, we have granted 42 wishes to Northwoods kids," said Michele Bergstrom, a Make-A-Wish ‘Granter'. "We've granted puppies, horses, computers… Whatever the child wishes, the families are just as happy as the child."

At $2 a slice, the cheesecake sales raise $7,000 to $8,000 each year.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps children with serious life threatening conditions, not just terminal illness. In fact, most of the children they help actually get better. Volunteers say a wish can be very healing, and a wish granted may be the best medicine of all.


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