Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee Grants 1500th Wish
Nashville International Airport and Southwest Airlines Host Welcome Home Celebration for Wish Kid Fallon
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (July 10, 2017) – Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee celebrated the granting of its 1500th wish on Friday when Wish Kid Fallon, 5, was welcomed home from her wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort. Representatives from Nashville International Airport and Southwest Airlines® hosted a welcome home party for Fallon and her family.
Fallon has spent the last year recovering from a stem cell transplant to treat severe aplastic anemia. While she spent months in the hospital and at home, she was able to dream about her trip to Walt Disney World® Resort, where she would meet the princesses.
After a week at the Florida theme parks, Fallon and her family arrived home and were greeted with music from the Handsome Dogs; balloons from Party Animals and tasty treats from Homestyle Bakery. Rob Wigington, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority; Ana Schwager Southwest Airlines Regional Leader Community Affairs and Grassroots, and Beth Torres, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, were also on hand for the celebration.
“What an honor and privilege it is for Nashville International Airport to participate in and host this gathering for Fallon and mark this most meaningful of milestones,” said Wigington. “All of us at BNA embrace our opportunities to support the great work of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee and we’re delighted to serve as the principal transportation venue for so many of the 1500 wishes.”
“At Southwest Airlines we show our Heart by taking care of People,” said Laurie Barnett, Southwest Airlines Managing Director Communication and Outreach. “We are honored that through our partnership with Make-A-Wish, we are able to play a small part in making the wishes of these incredible children come true. We are excited to celebrate with the Middle Tennessee chapter as they reach a milestone of 1500 wishes granted.”
“What a great way to celebrate our 1500th wish—welcoming home Fallon and her family,” said Torres. “It would not be possible to grant 1500 wishes without the community support of partners like Nashville International Airport and Southwest Airlines. Today’s celebration is just a small example of the support they have provided over the past 17 years. Well over half of our 1500 wish families have flown out of BNA, and a majority of those were on Southwest flights. We currently have 150 local children who are waiting for their wishes to be granted. We hope Middle Tennesseans will visit our website or call our office for more information about how they can help us grant our next 1500 wishes.”
Wishes are made possible through generous contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Local Make-A-Wish volunteers Heather Montalbano and Molly Sokolosky worked with Fallon to plan her wish.
Fallon’s is one of more than 130 wishes Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee plans to grant in Middle Tennessee this year. Since being founded locally in 2000, the chapter has granted 1,500 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with Middle Tennessee children battling 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.