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Who and what is Make-A-Wish® Washington

Make-A-Wish Washington's mission is simple and clear. We do one thing: grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Our need for miles is great!

  • Our goal today is to raise 4,000,000 miles to send kids on the trip of a lifetime, whether that's Disneyland, San Diego, Hawaii or another destination.

  • Last year alone, it took 7,427,500 miles to send local wish kids just from Eastern Washington on the vacations of their dreams. That equates to about 185 tickets and an approximate cost savings of about $83,250.

  • If your miles are expiring, donate them to Make-A-Wish! Once transferred, they will not expire for the organization.

  • Right now, there are 63 children in Eastern Washington waiting for their wishes.

  • Donating your frequent flyer miles doesn't cost you a dime!

  • 70% of wishes are travel-related.

  • Using airlines miles to send families on their wish trips is the number one way we are able to stretch our donated dollars.

Why are wishes important:

 

A wish isn't just a nicety—it's a necessity! Life changes for children after they experience a wish. Simply put—it gets better. Make-A-Wish® America commissioned a national survey by the TCC Group, with a goal to gain a better understanding of the long-lasting impact of a wish come true. The results were astounding:

  • A combined 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish children's physical health. They noted that wish kids are more willing to comply with difficult, but vital treatment.

  • 97 percent of wish families and 96 percent of health professionals observe increases in wish children's emotional health. Many parents noted the wish experience marked a turning point in their child's response to treatment. Children feel empowered to take back control of their lives, and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.

  • 99 percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness. Parents observed a decrease in their children's sadness, anxiety and fear.

  • 98 percent of parents felt the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a normal family again. Parents say their family units – often strained to the limit by stresses of the life-threatening medical condition – are repaired and strengthened through the shared experience of the wish process.

Help in other ways besides miles:

Text Message Campaign

* If you don't have miles to give but, still want to help, all you have to do is pull out your mobile phone and text "WISH" to 80088 to make a $5 donation.

* You'll receive a confirmation text that asks if you're sure you want to make the donation. Type in "YES" and that's it! Your donation is made.

* It' simple, it's easy and every little bit helps.

* Text messaging rates do apply.

Connect with us

Visit our website at akwa.wish.org.

Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/makeawishakwa and share wish stories with your family and friends.

Follow us on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA and use hashtag #WishesinFlight to help us spread the word.

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