Syracuse, NY – Last summer, Wish Kid Brooke fulfilled her wish to go to Spain, flying more than 3,800 miles to reach her destination. Her adventure on the streets of Barcelona was just one of the many wishes made possible by the Wishes in Flight program.
Each year, Make-A-Wish® needs about 2.5 million miles, or 50,000 roundtrip airline tickets, to grant the wishes of our wish kids. In fact, 70 percent of all wishes granted require air travel. The Central New York Chapter alone granted wishes to go to Spain, France, England, the Bahamas and many to Disney just this past year. Many of these wishes would not be possible without airline mile donations. Watch our new Wishes in Flight video/commercial on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDtQfmL-xrM
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranges travel for wish kids to reach their wish destinations, whether it’s to meet a celebrity, go to their favorite theme park or reconnect with a close friend who moved away,” said Diane Kuppermann, president and CEO Make-A-Wish Central New York. “Donating unused airline miles is an easy way for supporters to help us grant children’s wishes and give them an experience that improves the quality of life for them and their families.”
The Wishes in Flight program makes it easy for you to donate your frequent flyer miles to Make-A-Wish Central New York, where they will never expire. If you have unused frequent flyer miles for Delta, US Airways, Continental or United, you hold the ticket to a child’s wish. For every 25,000 miles donated, up to 1 million miles, Dunkin’ Donuts will give donors a $25 gift card. Donate now; only 40 gift cards remain! Frequent flyers can donate by visiting our website, cny.wish.org, or calling 315-475-9474.
Incorporated in 1985, the Make-A-Wish Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Central New York has granted more than 1400 Wishes since its inception. In granting a favorite wish, the Foundation strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter.
Make-A-Wish® continues to “bring the magic of a wish” to special Central New York kids because of the generous support of the central New York Community both individuals and corporations throughout the fifteen county region it serves. The counties being served are: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.
For more information on the Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved call (315) 475-WISH (9474) or (800) 846-WISH (9474) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.