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Teen with cystic fibrosis gives back to Make a Wish

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Friday a group of seniors at Skyview High School were polishing their dance moves and practicing their acceptance speeches.

The school will crown "Mr. and Ms. Skyview" at the end of their annual pageant that raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

So far, the seniors have raised more than $42,000 of their $50,000 goal.

Twenty seniors were nominated by teachers and then selected to compete for the crown. The pageant marks the end of a six-month fundraising competition; whoever raises the most money for Make-A-Wish wins the title.

So far, senior Matt Pozsgai is the one to beat. He's already raised $7,000.

"I did a few profit sharing days with different restaurants," Pozsgai said.

Besides spending four hours rehearsing a week on stage, the seniors hit the pavement, asking friends and family to donate. The school has been doing this for years, but this year the stakes are higher.

"Having him here really pushes me to work harder," said coordinator Natasha Whipple.

Matt is pushing the competition because he knows the charity better than anyone else – he's a Make-A-Wish recipient, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just 4 months old.

The senior divides his time at school with long stretches in the hospital.

"The morning after the pageant I'll have to go back for two weeks," Pozsgai said.

Those hospital stays did nothing to damper his fundraising – Pozsgai even sold Make-A-Wish stars to hospital staff while he was stuck in bed.

"I thought it would be really selfish if I had an opportunity to give back and then didn't do it," Pozsgai said.

You can help Pozsgai raise money here.

Tickets to the pageant will be available at the door at Skyview High School.

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