Keeneland celebrates Make-A-Wish Day


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It was a special day at Keeneland today as it celebrated its tenth year granting wishes for children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On this tenth anniversary of Make-A-Wish day, Keeneland granted wishes for ten lucky kids including one Louisville teenager whose lived across the street from Churchill Downs his whole life but had never seen a horse race until now.

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19-year-old Seth Westerman has suffered from Crohn’s Disease his entire life.

“Surgery after surgery. Complication after complication. Infections. Two year’s later I no longer have a colon,” said Westerman, a Make-A-Wish recipient.

But on this day, Seth can put all those worries aside because he is the guest of honor at Keeneland’s annual Make-A-Wish day.


“I feel like I’ve never had so many camera’s on me at one point in my life. I feel like the only time I had was when I was a newborn and people were taking pictures of me,” said Westerman.

In addition to getting to watch the races, Seth got an all access pass, getting to meet the jockeys, make bets on horses and even award a trophy to one of the race winners.

“Him awarding the trophy, that’s amazing. How many people get to do that? Hardly anybody gets to do that and to let him do that even through make a wish is amazing. I think that’s just wonderful,” said Bonnie Westerman, Seth’s mom.

It’s experiences like this that Seth say’s will not only help him on his road to recovery but inspire him throughout the rest of his life.


“I like that it’s all very communal. Everybody’s nice about it and it’s not, I don’t know what to say. It’s just a great honor in all honesty,” said Westerman.

In addition to Seth, nine other kids got the full behind the scenes racing experience, something they all tell me will be a memory they never forget.