When you first meet Noelia, you’d never guess she’s on the tail end of her year-long fight against leukemia. Hear her joyful laugh, and you’ll see that Noelia is the embodiment of a healthy, happy child—thanks in part to her wish.
Families get drained from being stuck in the hospital. It’s exhausting. And then you realize there are people supporting you. It gives you hope … I’m thankful for people like you.”
– Eliseo, Noelia’s dad
Right now, there are enough children waiting for their wishes to fill more than seven school buses. Without their wishes, kids like Vincent are not getting all the medicine that they need to battle their illnesses. Vincent loves being transported into magical worlds. That’s why he wished to experience what Harry Potter felt when he boarded the train to Hogwarts: the transformation from the cityscape of London to the mystical landscape of the Scottish Highlands.
Will you help make wishes like Vincent’s come true?
Leslie Larson is a former Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington trustee. Through her involvement, she not only found the joy of wish-granting, but also a community of support that helped her through difficult days of her own.
Hear in Leslie’s own words why she chose to include Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington in her estate plan, and how you can do the same.
Ready to get started? Contact Asa Tate, senior director of philanthropy and mission advancement, today.
Denali Foods, Taco Bell of Alaska, did just that, and what a difference it made! The company holds an annual month-long campaign inviting customers to make a $1 donation when they buy tacos at any of their Alaska Taco Bell locations.
A dollar may not sound like a lot of money, but thanks to the enthusiasm of Denali Foods employees and the generosity of their customers, the campaign has raised over $200,000 since 2012 to make wishes, like Moriah’s, come true.
While battling leukemia, Moriah dreamed about traveling far away from treatment to cuddle a koala at the Australia Zoo.
“At Denali, we think it’s important to be involved in our community, and we love supporting local wish kids and their families,” said Melanie Veeh, president of Denali Foods, the Alaska Taco Bell franchisee. “It’s great that our employees and customers can be part of such a wonderful program.”
That’s the thing about wishes, they bring the community together. We’re so grateful to Denali Foods for playing an integral role in granting wishes in Alaska.
If your company or workplace would like to make a difference for local wish kids, please contact Caroline Reis.
Wish mom Jackie and her son, John, shared their story in front of a packed house at WOW: Wonder of Wishes on October 3 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
Funds raised will help kids like John see the impossible as possible when their wishes come true.
The general feeling among us all is that John’s wish experience wasn’t a onetime event, but really was just the start of something. That it really isn’t over.”
– Jackie, wish mom
Photo Courtesy of Michael Blanchard Photography
John’s story serves as a beautiful reminder that wishes have an everlasting impact on wish kids and their families.
You, too, can help kids like John replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope when their wishes come true.
March 23, 2019
This year’s event will feature the uplifting story of Carmel, who wished, “to ride horsies in the mountains.” What she really found was the opportunity to feel free—a rarity for a child living with a crippling genetic condition.
Reserve your seat today by contacting Jessica Quijada.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Baldock, Outlaws Photography