Throwback Thursday: Koch wishes for charity

*A big thanks to Steve Ewen at the Province for digging up this story from 2004 via the Peace Arch News – Community Section:

In many ways, six-year-old Davis Koch is no different than any child his age.

He’s into dinosaurs and Disney, and likes playing with Porsche, his German Shepherd pup.

And like most youngsters, when it came time to plan his birthday party last month, Davis wanted to invite no less than his entire kindergarten class-23 in all.

Only the Southridge student didn’t ask for presents. Rather, he asked each of his guests to bring money for Make-a-Wish foundation.

I wanted to help other kids, because I want them to have their dreams,” said Davis, who raised $400 at the party.

One of the best-known charities in the world, the foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, sending them to places such as Disney World, arranging meetings with their idols, even building them backyard tree houses.

Davis is familiar with the charity because his parents, David and Sandy, participate every year in the Larry Stavness Memorial golf tournament, which raises money for Make-a-Wish. Stavness died in a car crash in 2001, when his vehicle was hit head on by a driver who crossed the centre line.

The boy also saw children from Make-a-Wish during a recent trip to Disney World.

It really must have hit home when we were there,” Sandy said.

“I was quite shocked.

She said her boy didn’t seem to mind not getting presents.

There was no mention of ‘Gee, I wish there were more presents, or there weren’t enough.’

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