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Published: Thursday, Nov. 21 2013 2:55 p.m. MST

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Iowa City, IA

Beautiful story and commentary! Thank you. I wish every BYU and Utah fan that spew forth venomous words towards each other in the comments sections of this newspaper would read and ponder the message of this commentary. Many (most) things are more important than sports. Sports should enhance life, not serve to divide humanity into warring factions.

Sandy, UT

I loved this story! It truly shows what amazing things can be accomplished when everyone works together. Very touching!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It's now being reported that over $100k in taxpayer money was spent on this. As fun as this story was to read about it, its wrong to take this money from taxpayers for this to happen. Shame on anyone who made the decision to use taxpayer money on this.

Salt lake city, UT

Words cannot describe the depth of gratitude and wonder I feel right now after reading your article! Ppl like you are so inspiring! I wish some day that I may measure up to be a portion of the man you are! Nate Gagon, thank you for being such a sweet, wonderful soul!

Germany, 00

@Chris B,
Yes, that is a tough question. On one hand, this money was probably worth it this one time for all of the positive energy it generated in a difficult world. On the other hand, what about the other kids and parents that are involved with Make-A-Wish or such things in the future? It would be impossible for so many people to go to such lengths and expense in all cases. I think overall, though, people will understand that this was kind of a one-time special thing, and I am glad it happened.

Germany, 00

@vcsheffield - well spoken. Very true statements!

Iowa City, IA

@DresdenBalla: Thank you!

@Chris B: Other articles say that tax payer money was not used, rather fees from the use of the Moscone Center, although that may be splitting hairs. The Make-A-Wish foundation plans to reimburse the City from private donations. From an economic standpoint, I am pretty sure that both the City of San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Foundation will benefit from the positive PR and advertising more than $100K in value. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a great charity to which I hope you will consider donating. I will match times 3 any donation that you make up to $1000.

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