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Attends Company News

December 18, 2009
Attends Healthcare Products grants wish of critically ill boy

A once nearly bankrupt Greenville business is granting a Christmas wish for a once critically ill boy. Attends Healthcare Products Inc. is sending 7-year-old Terrence Hooks Jr. and his family to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., during the Christmas holiday. The company is doing so through a $25,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. “Collectively, as a company we’ve been very fortunate with our turn-around and prosperity, and we wanted to give back to the community that serves our employees,” said Michael Fagan, company president and chief executive officer. The gift will fund wishes for Terrence and three other children, said Ziva Starr Raney, the location foundation’s president and CEO.

Terrence, accompanied by his parents, Terrence Sr. and April Hooks, and younger brother, Jeremiah, traveled to Attends’ Old Creek Road facility Friday morning via Greenville Fire-Rescue’s purple fire truck to offer his thanks. “It’s been fantastic. It’s like a dream come true,” April Hooks said. “For such a positive thing to come from what was such a tough situation in the beginning.” During the Attends celebration, Terrence learned he was the 2,000th child to have a wish granted by the eastern N.C. foundation and received additional gifts from the group including a kid-size suitcase and travel pillow.

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