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Local Wish Kid Featured on ESPN My Wish Series

Date

August 20, 2013

Contact: Tara Wilson-Jones, Director of Communications and Public Relations tjones@midatlantic.wish.org or (301)-962-WISH (9474)

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Host Exclusive Red-Carpet Premier Party for Local Make-A-Wish® Kid Featured on ESPN Segment to air Aug. 19 as Make-A-Wish® and ESPN Team Up for Annual “My Wish” Series

Bethesda, MD. August 19, 2013 – Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic today announced the organization will partner with The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C. to host an exclusive viewing party when local Washington D.C.-area wish kid Lateef’s story debuts on ESPN Monday, August 19. Lateef’s wish to meet the Washington Redskins was granted in June and chosen by ESPN to be a feature story for the 8th annual summer documentary “My Wish” Series, which profiles sports-themed wishes granted through Make-A-Wish for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Who: Eight-year-old wish-recipient Lateef of Clinton, Md., his family, his wish volunteers and medical team, as well as the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors, staff and local partners.

What: A red carpet affair to celebrate the premier of Lateef’s wish experience as a documentary feature on ESPN’s “My Wish” series. After a complimentary black car ride requested through Uber, Lateef and his entourage will be treated to a private VIP viewing party, complete with snacks and beverages donated by The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C., as well as local vendors Georgetown Cupcakes, Pie Sisters, Washington Wholesale and Luke’s Lobster.

Where: Fahrenheit Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.
3100 South Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

When: Monday, August 19, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lateef’s segment will air at 6:00 p.m.

Why: Lateef was eligible for a wish because of his life-threatening kidney condition that has persisted since infancy. The condition became so severe that Lateef received a kidney transplant. His wish, one of nearly 8,000 granted by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic alone, was to meet his favorite professional sports team, the Washington Redskins. Lateef’s wish came true at the Redskin’s Minicamp in Ashburn, Va, where he was recruited by Coach Shanahan to be an honorary Redskin for the day, met all of his favorite players, including Robert Griffin III, practiced drills with the team and perfected his touchdown dance. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

About “My Wish” Series
Sports-themed wishes granted by Make-A-Wish® will begin airing Saturday, Aug. 17 on ESPN and will run through the week. The summer series profiles wishes coming true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Each segment takes viewers on an in-depth and often emotional journey into the children’s lives, medical conditions, the wish-reveals and the transformative experiences with their favorite athletes or teams.
Each wish will be the subject of a SportsCenter feature segment beginning Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 p.m. ET with a new piece premiering each day through Thursday, Aug. 21. Each feature will also be available at ESPN.com following its original air date.

NOTE: Times and airdates may change without notice.

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 Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the Mid-Atlantic chapter has granted more than 7,600 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.

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Tara Wilson-Jones
VP of Marketing & Communications
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Bethesda, MD  20816

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