June 16, 2017
--- Nine-year-old Jason “JJ”, from Cicero, is a big fan of “Star Wars” and loves to go on rides! When JJ, who has a life-threatening autoimmune disease, was given the opportunity for a wish through Make-A-Wish Central New York his wish was to visit Walt Disney World® where he would be able to meet the characters of one of his favorite movies “Star Wars” and ride all the rides he desires!
JJ’s wish recently came true when he and his family were picked up from their house in a limousine to travel to the Give Kids the World Village in Florida. While vacationing in Disney World, JJ and his family visited Sea World where they were able to pet Sting Rays, Hollywood Studios where they met Chewbacca from “Star Wars,” and Magic Kingdom where JJ was able to ride many fun, thrilling rides. With a smile never leaving his face, JJ had a very memorable trip to Walt Disney World with the support of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Make-A-Wish Central New York.
Make-A-Wish Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of kids like Jason who face life-threatening medical conditions. Since the chapter’s inception in 1985, 1,700 wishes have been granted throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
JJ’s wish was made possible through the support of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s mission is to seek ways to continually improve the health and health care of residents in the communities we serve,” said Jim Reed, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “We’re pleased to support Make-A-Wish and other local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan.”
For more information about the organization, visit cny.wish.org
or call (315)475-WISH (9474).
About Make-A-Wish® Central New York
Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. More than just nice gestures, wishes provide the child and family with a bit of respite, and infuse hope, strength and joy into a difficult life experience. Make-A-Wish is able to continue to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of individuals and businesses throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. For more information, visit www.cny.wish.org
or call 800-846-9474.
About Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to about 1.5 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools. To learn more, visit ExcellusBCBS.com