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Boy with leukaemia's simple wish - to meet a penguin

Blake Walker loves penguins so much that Make-A-Wish foundation are taking him and his family to Phillip Island to visit the fairy penguins.
Blake Walker loves penguins so much that Make-A-Wish foundation are taking him and his family to Phillip Island to visit the fairy penguins. Kevin Farmer

LEUKAEMIA sufferer Blake Walker, 7, will have his one and only wish granted.

Blake, his family and his best friend - a toy penguin named Erik - will get up-close and personal with the wild penguins on Phillip Island.

It has been two years since Blake was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Blake's mother Alana Walker said her son's fascination with penguins started not long after his diagnosis, which coincided with the release of Happy Feet 2.

"When the people from Make-A-Wish asked him for a few possible wishes it was just penguins. There was no second or third choice," Mrs Walker said.

"Phillip Island will make happy memories for a day that, two years ago, was a sad one.

"Make-A-Wish has done the impossible, it's something we would never have had the opportunity to be able to."

Blake's wish is one of a series being celebrated as part of the Make-A-Wish national fundraising campaign Switch Off which launches tomorrow.

MAKE-A-WISH SWITCH OFF CAMPAIGN

 Appeal to phone addicted Aussies to switch off their mobile phones and switch on a wish.

 Research has found that 52%of mobile phone users would feel lost without their gadgets after just 24 hours.

 To register for Switch Off and help make a wish come true, please go to switchoff2014. com.au

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