September 29, 2005 10:04 ET

NBC17 Makes Wish Come True for Clayton Boy

"Triangle Wishes" Features Inspiring Story of 12-year-old Cancer Survivor and Samaritan Nicholas Marriam

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 29, 2005 -- This week on "Triangle Wishes," news anchor Sharon Delaney will tell the touching story of 12-year-old cancer survivor and Samaritan Nicholas Marriam. "Triangle Wishes," stories of wishes granted to real, everyday heroes, airs on Fridays during the 11:00 p.m. newscasts. Inspired by the NBC series "Three Wishes," hosted by singer Amy Grant, WNCN/NBC17 developed the program to capture the spirit of giving back as seen in Grant's network series and bring it home to the Triangle.

When Nicholas was six, he was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma and, for the next two years, underwent exhaustive and difficult treatment, spending most days in a hospital with very little interaction with other kids. His courage and determination paid off in the end, when, at eight years old, Nicholas finally beat his cancer. He is a happy and healthy young man today, but his experiences stayed with him, inspiring him to help other kids who are going through similar battles with disease.

Every year for the past four years, Nicholas has participated in USA Weekend's "Make a Difference Day," a national day devoted to "putting your own cares on hold to care for someone else." His project involves collecting donations to create gift bags to give to children at area hospitals who are fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. His visits inspire both the children and their parents, giving them the hope of beating their illness like Nicholas has, and the knowledge that other kids care.

"Hearing Nicholas's story and meeting him has inspired a community," said Sharon Delaney. "This one little boy has had a profound affect on so many other people; we were overjoyed to grant his wish. It is one small thing that we can do to show our gratitude for all of his selfless in-kind donations over the years."

In admiration of her young son's selflessness, Angel Marriam nominated Nicholas to "Triangle Wishes" so that he might have a wish of his own granted. Nicholas's wish was to have an exercise pool to counteract the effects of chemotherapy on his legs. Moved by Mrs. Marriam's nomination, NBC17 arranged to have a pool donated to the Marriam family. Tune in to NBC17 News at 11 to see Nicholas's inspiring story.

WNCN/NBC17 is encouraging more nominations of remarkable Triangle residents. If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please visit the station's Web site,

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