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Make-A-Wish gives musical medicine
Make-A-Wish gives musical medicine

Odessa, FL -- When Joe Ginem, 20, plays his violin, he gets lost in the music. "You find yourself in another world," he says.

But some harsh realities of the real world are never farther away than his bow arm.

"From here to here is all titanium," he says pointing from his shoulder to elbow. When Joe was 15, an extremely rare form of bone cancer nearly took not only his arm, but his life.

Tough times for just a kid. "You realize you can go at anytime," Ginem says, his voice cracking with emotion.

Ginem's treatment was so extreme, for more than a year he rarely left Moffitt Cancer Center.

So what go him through it all? Certainly doctors and medicine were key, but also the promise of a violin.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked, Ginem's wish was for a quality instrument. Prior to his illness he practiced up to eight hours a day. So at a time when he couldn't even move his arm, the thought of playing again kept him going.

"It was something to get me through the night to the next day. It was my motivation to not give up," he says with conviction.

Ginem is now three years in remission and his wish now is for Make-A-Wish to continue its work. Just like his music, Ginem knows just how sweet that can be.

This Saturday, April 16, the Make-A-Wish Foundation holds its largest fundraiser of the year. Reggie and Heather of 10 News are emceeing the Wishmaker's Ball at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa.

There are still tickets available. Individual tickets are $150. Tables of 10 are $1,500.

For more information click here.

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