National Make-A-Wish Foundation Annual Conference, October 5-8 at Disneyland Resort Celebrates 25 Years of Miracle Making

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National Make-A-Wish Foundation Annual Conference, October 5-8 at Disneyland Resort Celebrates 25 Years of Miracle Making.

In celebration of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary and the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, DisneyHand, worldwide outreach for The Walt Disney Company, invited the Foundation to hold its 2005 National Conference at the Disneyland Resort, which will take place from October 5- 8. As a special feature of this memorable conference, Disney invited each Make-A-Wish chapter and international affiliate to send a wish ambassador, a former or current wish child, to help commemorate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation will be represented by Aaron Alexander, a 13 year old who has sickle cell disease

Aaron, who lives in South San Francisco, wished “to be a cowboy.” His wish was granted by the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1997. Aaron and his mother traveled to Zenchiku Land & Livestock Ranch, a working ranch in Dillon, Montana, for his wish experience. This wish was celebrated as the 50,000th wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

“We are very excited to have Aaron represent the Greater Bay Area Chapter on this momentous occasion,” noted Patricia Wilson, Executive Director of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Aaron has been an outstanding ambassador for our chapter since his wish was granted in 1997. We are thrilled that he will be in attendance at the conference and be honored in this way.”

Aaron is also featured on a public service announcement for Make-A-Wish, which continues to air in the Bay Area.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 73 chapters in the United States and its territories and 27 international affiliates spanning five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 110,000 wishes to children around the world since 1980. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit http://www.wish.org.

About the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation:

In 2005, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® celebrates over 21 years of fulfilling magical wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. One of the largest chapters nationwide, it has granted more than 3,800 wishes in its 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma. In August 2005, the Chapter was recognized with a coveted “Best in America Seal of Excellence” award, the first Make-A-Wish Chapter to achieve this distinction for its outstanding management and governance practices. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal. For more information, please call (800) 464-9474 or visit http://www.makewish.org

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