Make-A-Wish® World Wish Day® Celebrations Begin This Week

As part of a month-long celebration, Make-A-Wish encourages people around the U.S. to donate dollars or airline miles to fund airline tickets for wishes that involve travel.

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Supporters are encouraged to donate airline miles to help make wishes come true.

Donating airline miles or dollars will allow us to continue creating thousands of lasting moments for children with life-threatening medical conditions. - John J. Brennan, Make-A-Wish Georgia CEO

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

It’s a celebration more than 30 years in the making: In 1980, a 7-year-old boy received his heartfelt wish to be a police officer for a day. That one wish inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish® and launched the wish granting movement that circles the globe today. Beginning April 1 and culminating in World Wish Day® on April 29, Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the country will mark the special event with a campaign to raise dollars and airline miles to fund airline tickets for wishes that involve travel.

Each year, Make-A-Wish Georgia grants nearly 425 life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. These wish experiences can be pivot points in the course of a child’s treatment, making them feel better and in some cases, even helping them get better. A wish-come-true strengthens families, provides moments of happiness and inspiration, and helps create strong community bonds.

Nearly 75 percent of wishes require air travel, making it a critical – and costly – resource. In fact, approximately 1,530 airline tickets, the equivalent of 76,500,000 airlines miles, are needed each year to get local wish kids and their families to and from these incredible experiences.

During the month of April, supporters can visit http://georgia.wish.org/ways-to-help/celebrateworld-wish-day/ to donate dollars or airline miles in just a few easy steps. As an added incentive, WWE® Superstar John Cena® will personally match every frequent flier mile donated in April, up to 4.5 million. United Airlines will also support World Wish Day by matching the donations of its MileagePlus® members, up to 3 million miles, through April 30.

Any locally-based companies interested in participating in a corporate airline miles donation program during the month of April, or throughout the year, should contact Kari Love at klove(at)georgia(dot)wish(dot)org.

Several other Make-A-Wish sponsors are coordinating special World Wish Day promotions nationally, including Maggiano’s Little Italy®, Marquis®, Brooks Brothers, and Dave & Buster’s. The month will culminate with the announcement of a new national sponsor.

“Air travel is a critical resource as we work to grant the heartfelt – and oftentimes very creative – wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said John J. Brennan, CEO of Make-A-Wish Georgia. “Donating airline miles or dollars will allow us to continue creating thousands of lasting moments for children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

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About Make-A-Wish Georgia
Make-A-Wish Georgia is the local chapter of the national Make-A-Wish network. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Our chapter has been granting the wishes of local children since 1995, and will grant our 6,000th wish in Georgia this year. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Georgia, visit our website at http://www.georgia.wish.org, like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/makeawishgaal and follow us on twitter @MakeAWishGA.

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.


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