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Making a wish in Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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The Make a Wish Foundation received extra help from area Cold Stone Creamery shops last Thursday as part of a nationwide fundraising effort. In Folsom, the Cold Stone Creamery located at East Bidwell Street dished up scoops of ice cream with the proceeds going to the nonprofit Make a Wish Foundation. According to shop owner Kewal “Kris” Krishan, it’s all part of doing business in the community. “It’s for a good cause,” he said. “We are very involved in the community and we do a lot of activities.” The local celebrity ice cream scooper, Folsom Mayor Eric King, was like a kid in a candy, or rather ice cream, store. “I think it’s a great idea,” King said. “It’s good to see the local business owners get into charitable fundraising. It’s good for the community.” The old fashioned ice cream social is the first for Krishan. He took over the shop in March. Diane Keeler sat by the front door, accepting donations in exchange for a free scoop of ice cream. She’s been involved with Make a Wish since her daughter was a recipient 15 years ago. “Alicia had three heart defects,” she said. “She had open heart surgery at 2 months old and she still has two defects (which) may require more surgery.” The defects haven’t slower her daughter down. Now 17, she is a cheerleader at Folsom High, coaches cheerleaders for the Folsom Junior Bulldogs and teaches tumbling at Tricks Gymnastics. Her daughter’s wish to visit Disneyland was fulfilled when she was 2 years old. Keeler said despite her daughter’s apparent health, her heart is enlarging and doctors believe the problem may need to be corrected through more surgery. Aside from her work with Make a Wish, Keeler is a real estate professional with Re/Max Gold, acts as a Folsom Chamber of Commerce ambassador and helps with the Folsom High cheer program. King said the involvement of local businesses in fundraising efforts was key to a strong town. “From a city perspective, we really appreciate the businesses that get involved in the community,” he said. “It helps make the community strong.” The Telegraph’s Don Chaddock may be reached at 916-351-3753 or by e-mail at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.