The Make-A-Wish® Foundation is an organization that is near and dear to my heart. For a long time, I admired that the organization grants wishes to children with life threatening medical illnesses. Once medical eligibility has been established, a Wish Team visits with the child and asks, “If you could have one wish, what would it be?” Nearly 75 percent of wishes require air travel, making it a critical and costly resource.
In 2011, my admiration of Make-A-Wish became personal when one of the wishes made *that required air travel* was made by my niece, Danielle.
Her wish was to travel to Pixar studios to meet John Lasseter, the American animator that she credits with bringing Japanese anime to States.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted my nieces wish and flew her, her parents, and her two siblings, and the family nurse to California (that’s round trip airfare for three adults and three kids, folks). They arranged for them to visit Pixar Studios, and for Danielle to meet John Lasseter. The Make-A-Wish Foundation did everything in their power to make my nieces wish come true.
Judging by the expression on her face, I think she was a bit starstruck.
Did you know that you can donate your air miles to Make-A-Wish? In fact, every mile and dollar donated reduces wish costs and allows Make-A-Wish to reach more kids with life-threatening medical conditions. In honor of World Wish Day, which is April 29th, 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 Dayby matching the donations of its MileagePlus®members, up to 3 million miles, through April 30.
There has never been a better time to donate your miles and help wish kids take flight!
My niece has decided she wants to be an artist when she grows up. I’m certain her wish trip to meet her idol, John Lasseter, played a role in that. Don’t have any miles to donate? Never fear! Make-A-Wish accepts cash donations, as well. Your cash donations are tax deductible.
This year, 10,000 wish kids and their families will travel for a Make-A-Wish® experience. That’s 50,000 roundtrip tickets or 2.5 billion frequent flier miles. In honor of World Wish Day®, the day of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/tickets and donate miles and dollars – and help wish kids take flight.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Make-A-Wish®. The opinions and text are all mine.