Craig Nelson, of West Islip, organizing 5K run to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation

Craig Nelson is giving back to the same charity that inspired him during his greatest struggle. He is organizing a 5K run and walk to

Craig Nelson was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with a near-fatal brain condition.

Craig Nelson was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with a near-fatal brain condition. (8/28/13)

SHIRLEY - A West Islip teen who once suffered from a life-threatening health condition is now paying it forward to help fellow kids in need.

Craig Nelson was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain condition known as AVM. The Make-A-Wish Foundation helped make his travails slightly easier to handle, sending him and his family to Walt Disney World.

Now 17, Nelson is giving back to the same charity that inspired him during his greatest struggle. He is organizing a 5K run and walk to raise money for Make-A-Wish, and has received a vote of support from the foundation's Suffolk Chapter.

The event will kick off at Dowling College's Brookhaven campus at 11 a.m. on Sept. 29. Runners will follow a path through the streets of Shirley before finishing back at Dowling.

The goal of the event is to provide a wish for another sick child. Each wish costs an average of $6,000.
 

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