Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee Grants Record 139 Wishes in Fiscal Year 2017
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Sept. 5, 2017) – Last Thursday, Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee officially closed out its fiscal year with 139 wishes granted to local children, a record for the chapter.
Among the wishes granted this year were a school tuition, several shopping sprees, cruises, Alaskan fishing trips, room makeovers, meetings with celebrities, a trip to Paris, beach trips and numerous visits to Walt Disney World® Resort.
The wish-granting year, which runs from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017, included several highlights. Among them were Jalan’s wish to produce and be the subject of an ESPN feature and Fallon’s wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort, which was the chapter’s 1500th wish.
“This wish-granting cycle was a banner year for our chapter,” said Beth Torres, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “It would not be possible to grant 139 wishes this year—and more than 1,500 wishes since 2000—without the compassionate community that is Middle Tennessee.”
“Healthcare professionals from The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the local community are referring children and helping us get closer to our vision of granting a wish to every eligible child.”
“Selfless volunteers give their time and talents meeting with kids to get to the heart of their one true wish. And, generous individuals, foundations and corporations give their resources to allow us to create life-changing wishes.”
“We rely on all of these supporters to fulfill our mission.” Torres continued, “We currently have 175 children who are in our wish-granting pipeline, waiting for their wish to be granted. We ask our Middle Tennessee neighbors to give their time, talent and treasures to help us grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.”
For more information or to find out how you can help, call 615.221.2200 or visit middletennessee.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties and has granted 1,500 wishes since its founding in 2000. Nationally, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 34 minutes and has granted more than 285,000 wishes in the United States since its inception in 1980. For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit middletennessee.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish.