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Make-A-Wish Alabama grants local teen, family trip to Pigeon Forge


Article from the Daily Mountain Eagle

By: Lea Rizzo

Make-A-Wish Alabama came together with Alabama Power Company’s Miller Steam Plant and Alabama Power Service Organization to fulfill the wish of a 16-year-old from Jasper.

Lane Clark, who was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013, and his family were surprised by Alabama Power employees, APSO volunteers and Make-A-Wish Alabama on Wednesday morning after being at the Miller Steam Plant for what Lane thought was simply a tour of the plant.

Lane’s grandfather used to work at Miller Steam Plant, and he was taken through the plant under the guise of seeing what his grandfather did when he worked there.

Instead, when Lane and his family were brought into the auditorium where everyone was waiting, he was informed that he and his family would be leaving on Feb. 2 to head to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The family will be staying in Pigeon Forge for five nights and six days in a mountain view chalet that includes an indoor swimming pool, theater room, pool table and hot tub.

“It’s going to be a tough week,” joked Jamie Driver, employee development coordinator at Miller Steam Plant, as she was telling Lane about his trip.

Alan Clark, Lane’s father and the Jasper fire chief said, “From the bottom of our hearts, I just appreciate it and thank each and every one of you that made this possible. ... We’ll remember it for the rest of our lives.”

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