PORTLAND, Maine — The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine recently held a holiday campaign, Season of Wishes, with a goal to raise enough funds to grant 15 wishes in 15 days at a cost of $90,000. Not only did Mainers respond positively, they raised $102,530, enough to grant 17 wishes.
To kick off the Season of Wishes in Maine, 11-year-old Hannah Storey of Cumberland was invited by the Portland Downtown District to light the Christmas tree in Monument Square. The experience was part of the foundation’s efforts to keep the child excited while she waited for her wish to come true — a trip to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in January.
“It’s absolutely amazing the way that Make-A-Wish goes above and beyond what I could ever imagine,” said Hannah’s mom, Misty. “It was so carefree and I loved being able to watch Hannah and her brother truly enjoy everything from the dolphins to the water slides to simply just having fun in the sunshine.”
To promote the campaign and raise awareness, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine teamed with 107.5/105.5 Frank FM radio. The station interviewed and broadcast stories from wish children, parents, donors and volunteers. Cumulus Media Bangor radio stations also participated and helped to raise funds and awareness of the campaign.
Hannah’s wish was funded directly from the Season of Wishes campaign, a $6,000 donation from Intermed, based in the Portland area. She lives with cystic fibrosis and the trip created a happy memory for her and her family to balance memories of painful hospital visits. She making a scrapbook of the trip to share with friends.
A wish is granted to a Maine child, on average, every five days. Each wish costs approximately $6,000.
Corporate and major support came from VIP Parts, Tires and Service, Macy’s, Kepware Technologies, Village Candle, KeyBank, Auburn Fire Fighters Local 797, Stantec, Norton Lights, Intermed and Martin’s Point.
Upcoming wishes to be granted include Jesse, 16, of New Gloucester, who wishes for an Alienware laptop; Grace, 7, of Sanford who wishes to go to Walt Disney World; Gabriell, 12, who wishes to go to Atlantis Resort; Caroline, 17, of Brunswick who wishes to go to Hawaii; Rose, 5, of Portland who wishes to go to Walt Disney World; Tucker, 17, of Falmouth, who wishes to go to the E3 Gaming Expo in Los Angeles; and others.
To read wish stories, and view photographs and videos from the wishes, visit maine.wish.org.