MID-ATLANTIC TO RING IN WORLD WISH DAY®
APRIL 29 IN DC BY SENDING LOCAL CHILD TO WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT®
Washington, DC. (April 16, 2015) –Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic commemorates the annual global celebration of World Wish Day with a VIP send-off for four-year-old wish recipient Fionn (pronounced “Finn”) and his family on Wednesday, April 29 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Before departing for Walt Disney World Resort, the Mid-Atlantic team will celebrate Fionn and his family at the gate with a troupe of adoring well-wishers and special treats.
Four-year-old wish recipient Fionn from Kensington, Md., diagnosed with leukemia, along with his family.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – World Wish Day
7:00 a.m.: Limo arrival and curbside check-in
9:35 a.m.: Flight departure
JetBlue curbside check-in and departure gate (TBD) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC.
Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is granting Fionn’s wish by sending his family on an incredible trip to Walt Disney World Resort®. Fionn loves visiting parks, especially playing in water parks, and quickly chose the resort for his one true wish. To commemorate both Fionn’s wish and World Wish Day, the celebration will include a limo arrival and a party at the departure gate with cheering fans, signs and goodies. The send-off party attendees will have VIP access to the gate with the help of JetBlue and TSA.
World Wish Day marks the anniversary of the first wish, granted in 1980 to a little
boy named Chris Greicius who wished to be a police officer for a day. This wish sparked the
founding of the global phenomenon that became Make-A-Wish. Every year on April 29,
this day is celebrated with wishes granted all over the world. Fionn’s wish is just one of hundreds of wishes the Mid-Atlantic chapter will grant this year to help spread hope, strength and joy to local children battling life-threatening illnesses.
The public has the opportunity to directly impact travel wishes by donating frequent flier miles at www.midatlantic.wish.org. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic needs over 82 million air miles to provide travel for local wish kids and their families this year. On average more than 2.1 million miles are needed for a family of four to travel domestically.
*To cover the story live: TSA will dedicate a special security line to Fionn, his family and the rest of the party, as well as gate passes for those who wish to accompany them to the departure gate. Arrangements for gate passes will need to be made in advance, for security purposes.
About Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in central and southern Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 8,300 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. However, for every wish granted, at least two more local children are waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.