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Posted on Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

U-M and MSU deadlocked in Make-A-Wish fundraising competition

By Lisa Carolin

The University of Michigan and Michigan State University are deadlocked in their most recent competition - the Make-A-Wish Collegiate Fundraising Challenge.

As of Friday, $10,000 has been raised with nearly equal amounts coming from each school. As a result, student organizers are extending the competition through the end of March.

Money raised by U-M students will help grant wishes to children at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, while money raised by MSU students will benefit children in the Lansing community.

U-M senior Brandon Yanik came up with the idea for the "Make Blue and Green Wishes Come True" fundraising event after learning about Make-A-Wish from his dad, Dr. Greg Yanik, a pediatric oncologist at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

The average wish costs $5,000. Brandon Yanik's goal is for the collegiate competition to raise between $25,000 and $50,000

Donations can also be made online. For Blue wishes, go to For Green wishes, go to

Lisa Carolin is a freelance reporter for