By Kathy Walsh

DENVER (CBS4) – A little girl battling leukemia said thank you Wednesday to the people who made her wish come true. Gabby Kovach wanted to be famous and other kids helped make it happen.

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Gabby Kovach (center) takes a picture with friends. (credit: CBS)

During the 2017-18 school year, 150 schools participated in Make-A-Wish Colorado’s student-led fundraising program called Kids for Wish Kids. They reached an all-time high.

Students donated more than $1 million to Make-A-Wish Colorado. They did it for kids with critical illnesses, like Gabby who has leukemia.

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Wednesday at Elitch Gardens, kids were asking to snap photos and selfies with Gabby. Being a celebrity is her wish come true.

“I feel famous every day,” Gabby told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

CBS4’s Kathy Walsh interviews Gabby Kovach(credit: CBS)

A movie star makeover, spa days, photo shoots, a party at the Four Seasons in downtown Denver and more have made Gabby special. That’s what she wanted when “Make-A-Wish” offered to grant her wish.

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“I wanted to focus on the stuff that isn’t bad, instead of the stuff that is bad,” said Gabby.

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The bad stuff is the rare form of leukemia she has been fighting. Her parents say the 8 year old is months away from finishing two and a half years of chemotherapy, and Gabby is in remission.

“Things are looking really good,” said Jennifer Kovach, Gabby’s Mother.

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“Her spirits are higher than ever,” said Jon Kovach, Gabby’s father.

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That was evident at Elitches. Gabby took the microphone to thank the kids from the top three fundraising schools; Mountain Vista High School, Mountain Ridge Middle School, and Summit View Elementary, all in Douglas County.

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Collectively, they raised more than $147,000. That’s the most out of 150 Colorado schools.

“It really brings our community together,” said Michael Walker, a Mountain Vista junior.

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Mountain Vista students featured Gabby’s wish while raising money and they threw a party in her honor.

“They’re the best teenagers ever,” said Gabby.

There is no question being famous fits Gabby and being generous can make wishes come true.

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Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Health Specialist. She has been with CBS4 since 1984. She is always open to story ideas. Follow Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.