Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic Celebrates
“World Wish Day” by Granting Two Wishes April 29
Two Teens Realize their Greatest Wishes for Ultimate Shopping Sprees
BETHESDA, MD (April 21, 2010) – On April 29, exactly 30 years after a young leukemia patient named Chris was granted his wish to be a police officer for a day, Make-A-Wish Foundation®representatives around the globe will celebrate the first-ever World Wish Day, in honor of the day that sparked a global wish-granting movement. The Make-A-Wish Foundation will mark World Wish Day with celebrations throughout the United States and in the 36 other countries in which it operates by publicly granting wishes on that day. On average, every 25 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition somewhere in the world. Two wishes for ultimate shopping sprees will be granted in the Mid-Atlantic region, to Reva, 17, of Washington, D.C., and Ryan, 18, of Maryland.
Both wishes will commence with a stretch limousine pickup for the wish child and their siblings and/or parents. Reva and her sister will be whisked to Tysons Corner shopping center to begin the day with a red carpet welcome at Macy’s where a personal shopper will help her select the perfect dress for her prom next month. Ryan’s limo will pick him up at school and bring him to Towson Town Center where national Make-A-Wish® partner TGI Friday’s will treat him to lunch before he begins stocking up on electronics and video games.
“We are thrilled to grant these two very special wishes on World Wish Day, celebrating the hope, strength and joy that the Make-A-Wish Foundation brings to so many children in our local community who are dealing with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Susan Sewell, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Interim CEO. “We encourage people to join in the celebration and help us fulfill our mission of reaching every child eligible for a wish in the Mid-Atlantic area.”
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. Wishes granted by the Foundation typically fall into one of four categories: To Be (e.g., a ballerina, a firefighter), To Meet (e.g., a favorite celebrity or athlete), To Have (e.g., a computer, a playhouse), or To Go (e.g., to a theme park, to Hawaii). In 2009, the Foundation granted nearly 20,000 wishes – more than 13,000 for children in the United States and almost 7,000 for children outside of the United States and its territories.