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Westbury Teen’s Wish Comes True

Make-a-Wish helps Clarke alum publish poems

Nicole Iadevaia, an 18-year-old W.T. Clarke grad from Westbury, has been writing poetry since she was in third-grade and it was her greatest wish to have her poems published in book form.

Iadevaia didn’t allow lupus, juvenile arthritis or writer’s block to stand in her way as the poet spent two years editing and compiling her poetry, ultimately deciding to name her poetry collection Laughter in Chaos.

When Laughter in Chaos was printed and published, the aspiring author visited the Lake Success office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York to read some of her favorite poems. She also signed hot-off-the-press books for her family and friends as well as staff members at what promises to be the first of many book signings for her.

She’s currently studying psychology at Farmingdale State University and her book Laughter in Chaos can be purchased at www.lulu.com. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York has to date fulfilled the wishes of nearly 11,000 children, more than 2,000 of them residing in the Western New York area. Chapter headquarters are located in Lake Success, Long Island, with regional offices in Manhattan, Buffalo and Rochester serving a combined total of 23 counties.

In Fiscal Year 2011, the chapter touched the lives of 916 wish children and their families by granting 684 wishes of local children and by facilitating 232 wish assists for children who reside in other areas, but whose wishes took place in New York - that’s more than one wish every 10 hours, making Metro New York and Western New York one of the most active chapters in the national network of 62 Make-A-Wish chapters across the country. The Metro New York and Western New York chapter is also the proud recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest rating - 4 Stars – in December of 2010 and is featured as one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work for in 2011 in the April issue of The NonProfit Times. For more information, visit www.metrony.wish.org or www.wny.wish.org.