Wish Granted: Turlock Child Becomes Mayor, Gets Bedroom Makeover

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For the first time in years, Turlock was the center of a Make-A-Wish Foundation live wish reveal. It was all to celebrate 7-year-old Koran Rudd's recovery after being diagnosed with Leukemia in September of 2014.

He started the day being picked up from school in a limo surrounded by his classmates. Koran was taken to lunch with Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth and was named mayor for the day.

"Mayor Rudd is a good little guy. He's officially the 23rd mayor," said Mayor Soiseth.

After touring a train museum and helping fight a fire with the Turlock Fire Department, Koran came home to a big surprise. The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed his room. The room is now a train theme and has all new furniture, toys and electronics.

Make-A-Wish grants about five wishes a week. CEO Jennifer Stolo said only half have this kind of community support rallying behind the person.

"When we can involve the community, fire department, the mayor, all these people that come forward to make this day special there are no words for it."

Koran's parents said the last year has been rough on them, but are ecstatic that their son is recovering and they have their community to celebrate with.


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