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Dwyane Wade’s foundation is making its impact felt locally

Dwyane Wade and members from his Wade’s World Foundation had a busy Saturday.

Working with the Bulls’ community services department in the morning, they went into a home of an underprivileged family and fully refurnished it and left gifts.

“They didn’t know (at first) I was there, so it was pretty cool,” Wade said.

In the afternoon, Wade furthered his “Spotlight On …” initiative that his foundation has made a staple of home games, surprising 100 teenagers at an after school program and encouraging them to work to remedy the city’s violence with positive examples of success.

But Wade’s final stop offered the most poignancy.

Surprising families who have lost parents to the city’s gun violence, Wade appeared at Dylan’s Candy Bar on Michigan Avenue alongside his aunt, Diann Aldridge. She’s the mother of Nykea, the 32-year-old cousin of Wade who was killed in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood in August when she was caught innocently in crossfire while pushing her infant child in a stroller.

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