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Perrysburg High School raises Make-A-Wish money for girl, 7

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Kaylynn Horner stands with Perrysburg High School football captains in the locker room before Friday's game.

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Kaylynn Horner's mom instantly cried when asked about the community supporting her daughter's Make-A-Wish dream at the Perrysburg High School football game on Friday. 

"It is amazing, I can't even describe it," Danielle Horner said, fighting away tears. "It is so amazing for the community to come together and support someone they don't even know.

"I can't even expressed how blessed we are, feeling the love and support from the community."

Kaylynn, 7, battles a medical condition called Dravet Syndrome, a life-threatening form of epilepsy that begins in infancy. She enjoys being outside playing, riding her bike, riding horses, swimming, and swinging on her swing set.

Her make a wish dream is going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. 

"Horses" is what Kaylynn said she is excited about for her trip. Mrs. Horner explained Kaylynn was talking about the carousel ride. 

Before the football game at Steinecker Stadium, Kaylynn and her parents went in to see the Perrysburg football team in the locker room. 

"They were all excited to meet her," Mrs. Horner said. "They gave her flowers and they all had their blue wristbands on."

The blue wristbands were sold at the high school this week for $1 to go toward Make-A-Wish. Perrysburg students, faculty, and staff wore the bracelets in honor of Kaylynn during the game. Donations were collected by the student council officers between the first and second quarter of Friday’s game. The athletic boosters also sold spirit items and glow sticks with net proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish.

Kaylynn's father Scott Horner was at a loss for words talking about the community support. 

"It's inspiring," he said after a few moments. "It's really something. There's a lot of good people in this community."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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