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Canalside skate line falls short, but not in spirit

They came, they ice skated – but in the end their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest skate line fell short Saturday morning at Canalside Buffalo, according to organizers, who vowed to try again.

“Whether we break it or not, we will be successful in raising public awareness for Make-A-Wish,” said Sara Serafin, marketing coordinator for Canalside.

Organizers needed 371 people to form an ice-skating conga line that zigzagged its way across the ice surface at Canalside starting at 8 a.m.

An estimated 150 skaters showed up early Saturday for the challenge.

Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing wishes for children and young people with serious illnesses.

On Saturday “Wish Kid” Nathan Brundage led the skaters on an ice bike. The 20-year old who is battling brain cancer received his wish last summer when he and his family went on a week-long Caribbean cruise.

“Anything to give back to Make-A-Wish for giving us that trip and keeping my mind off things going through treatment and everything. I’ll do anything for them, that’s for sure, though this is a little colder than the cruise,” he said. Saturday morning it was 37 degrees.