For a child with a life-threatening medical condition, the road ahead can seem daunting. Thanks to the help of so many caring individuals, more children who find themselves in this difficult place will have a chance to see their wish come true.
The Make-A-Wish Maine chapter recently held its Walk For Wishes events in six locations across the state and saw immense support, with donations totaling more than $42,000.
Make-A-Wish extends gratitude to the people in the Bangor area for their support in the annual Walk For Wishes. Between team pledges and online donations, the Bangor area wish supporters brought in more than $8,300. This donation provides more than enough money for one wish, as the average cost of a wish is $6,000. Among the walkers was Wish Child Logan Severance of Brewer, who went to Disney World in April. His team raised more than $1,500.
Teams of walkers, volunteers and supporters raised pledges and collected donations, all with the goal of children in mind. These donations came in all shapes and sizes, ranging from $1 bills to $1,000 checks. The Walk For Wishes, as well as the walkers themselves, gained support from neighbors, coworkers, friends and family in the community along with generous corporate sponsorships. The amount of encouragement and support they received was vital to the success of this critical fundraiser.
The Walk For Wishes event was held in Portland, Saco, Rockland, Bangor, Dennysville and Auburn. With the helpful support of all involved, the Make-A-Wish Maine chapter is now set for seven more wishes.
Every five days, on average, a wish is granted to a child in Maine. Since the chapter opened its doors in 1992, they have granted the wishes of more than 1,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wishes can include anything from a family trip to Hawaii, to meeting a favorite singer. The foundation’s primary goal is to provide a child and his or her family a break from the storm they are facing, and provide hope, strength and joy.