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Fitzpatrick Cancer Center receives chocolate Santa from generous Wilmington girl

PLATTSBURGH Kiley Hozley of Wilmington recently donated a sweet treat to a group of people in need of a holiday pick-me-up. Nine-year-old Kiley, a fourth-grader at Au Sable Forks Elementary School, won a drawing for a three-foot tall, milk chocolate Santa at the Candy Man Home-made Adirondack Chocolates store in Wilmington. She then donated the chocolate Santa to the CVPH FitzPatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh for patients and their families to snack on. It was too much for me and my cousins to eat, and we decided to give it to people so they could all share it, said Kiley. I wanted to do something nice for them. Kiley said that as a family tradition, she and her sister Trista, 13, and cousins John Pulsifer, 11, Marisa Pulsifer, 15, and Haley Sprague, 11, wrap change collected throughout the year by their grandmother, Linda Pelkey. Using the $204 fund collected this year, the five purchased candy from the Candy Man store to give as gifts to their parents. While there, they entered into the drawing for the prize, which Kiley won. The donation was made in memory of Gene Pelkey, Kiley's great-uncle, who received treatment at the center several years before. Kiley's mother, Sadie, made the suggestion to donate it. She said she was thrilled by her daughters generosity. I thought it was a good incentive for all of us, said Ms.Hozley. Candy Man owner Joe Dougherty said the annual contest ran for about six weeks, and hundreds of entries were received. The 17-pound chocolate Santa retails for $225. He said he was impressed by the donation. I think it's great especially that a nine-year-old would be that caring to donate it to CVPH. [She's] obviously someone with a very big heart, said Mr. Dougherty. Ms. Hozley contacted her cousin, Didi Remchuk, the screening coordinator at FitzPatrick, to arrange the donation. After picking it up, the Hozleys arranged to store it overnight at the Whiteface Market, thanks to owner Roy Holzer. The Santa was then brought to FitzPatrick Dec. 24 by Arley Stevens. This was an incredibly kind gesture. A child giving up chocolate for others enjoyment is exceptional. Many patients and their families at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center enjoyed Kileys generous gift and we thank her, said Ms. Remch.

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