Make-A-Wish will mark World Wish Day with celebrations throughout the United States and in the 47 other countries in which it operates by celebrating wishes being granted on that day. Every 23 minutes, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition somewhere in the world.
Many celebrities and professional athletes are granting wishes in honor of World Wish Day throughout April. On April 29, Thomson Reuter’s electronic billboard in Times Square will feature a special World Wish Day video, which includes celebrities such as John Cena, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Buddy Valastro, Jon Stewart, Nigel Barker and Tiffani Thiessen. The video will debut on the Make-A-Wish America YouTube channel on Monday, April 23. Chief Wish Ambassador Michael Jordan kicked off the World Wish Day festivities by granting Lucas’ wish to meet him at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament in Las Vegas.
Local sponsors celebrating World Wish Day with special activities include Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, Brooks Brothers, Macy’s, Dave & Buster’s and BLOCKBUSTER Express.
During the month of April, US Airways is inviting Dividend Miles members to donate their miles to one of five national nonprofits, including Make-A-Wish. For every 5,000 miles donated, US Airways will match the first 1,000 miles, up to 25,000 per donor. Visit wish.org/dividend to donate today.
“We are granting the wish of Oliver Adlam from Peachtree City, to celebrate World Wish Day and highlight the hope, strength and joy that Make-A-Wish brings children every day,” said John Brennan, Make-A-Wish Georgia and Alabama CEO. Oliver, 16, has germinoma, a type of germ cell cancer that results in the development of tumors on the brain, and wishes to be a reporter. “Helping to make his wish come true will be a special moment for everyone involved. We encourage people to join in the celebration and help us reach every eligible wish child in Georgia and Alabama.”
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 280,000 wishes around the world since its inception. The Georgia and Alabama Chapter of Make-A-Wish has granted over 5,000 wishes locally and has over 800 children waiting for their most heartfelt wishes to come true. To learn more, visit www.ga-al.wish.org and connect with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/