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Mikey's wish comes true

Volunteers erect $7,000 play structure for boy who's dealing with leukemia
by: Photo, Mike Miltenberger tests out his new play structure.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted 3-year-old Eagle Creek resident Mikey Miltenberger a $7,000 'Rambo' play structure that was built in his backyard on Saturday.

Mikey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia nearly a year ago. He will turn 4 on April 27.

'Doctors say that if you had to choose a type of cancer, this is the kind to get,' said Mikey's mom, Brande. She said this type of leukemia can be cured in 95 precent of patients. If he has not relapsed within a five-year period, he should be cancer-free for life.

Nearly 20 volunteers helped build the play structure while 50 friends and relatives from as far away as The Dalles came for the party.

Estacada Rock and Boring Bark donated a dozen or so cubic yards of pea gravel and cedar chips for the project. Hagen Grocery donated the cake and balloons. The structure itself was provided at cost by Rainbow Magic of Portland, a nationwide playground structure company. Shawna Peters was the volunteer working with the Oregon chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Peters coordinated it all with the chapter office in Portland.

Peters said children whose wishes are granted generally wish for one of four things: 'I wish to have (like the play structure); I wish to meet (like sports and entertainment stars); I wish to go (travel); and I wish to be (like a pirate).'

Mikey greeted the builders with 'I'm so excited, I'm so excited!' according to his father, Tom.

'He's a pistol,' said neighbor Anieca Gross.

U.S. Bank is accepting donations for Mikey under the name Michael Miltenberger.