Make-A-Wish® Kid from Mt. Juliet to be Featured in Upcoming ESPN® “My Wish” Series
Tune in to SportsCenter on July 19 to watch Jalan have his wish granted to motivate others by telling his story on ESPN
Brentwood, Tenn. (July 17, 2017) – For 12 years and nearly 60 wishes, Make-A-Wish® and ESPN® have joined together to give sports fans everywhere a glimpse at the transformation that takes place when children with critical illnesses meet their favorite athlete, team or sports personality. The “My Wish” series returns to SportsCenter from July 16-20 with four new, inspirational sports wishes. One of this year’s stories will highlight the wish experience of 16-year-old Jalan from Mt. Juliet who has a pulmonary condition. Jalan’s wish to produce and be the subject of an inspirational ESPN feature will premiere on the evening edition of SportsCenter on Wednesday, July 19. Jalan is scheduled to appear on the July 20 morning edition of SportsCenter between 6:00 and 7:00 AM.
Other wishes in this year’s series are to meet the MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. This year, thanks to Jalan, viewers will get a never-before-seen peek at the process of making a “My Wish” feature as part of Jalan’s wish. To conclude the series on Thursday, July 20, a compilation feature showcasing all four wishes will debut.
“‘My Wish’ is an award-winning, internationally known annual series, and we are thrilled that Jalan could be a part of it,” said Beth Torres, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “Jalan and his family will forever remember and draw strength and encouragement from the wish experience. We feel privileged to have the chance to watch such a powerful experience unfold.”
As he has since the start of the “My Wish” series in 2006, Emmy-award winning reporter Chris Connelly once again lends his unmatched storytelling abilities to the series.
“Every year, we witness how sick kids internalize the toughness and determination that professional athletes display on a nightly basis,” said Connelly. “When wish kids meet their favorite athletes and teams, they are empowered to stay strong and positive no matter what health obstacles come their way.”
Make-A-Wish extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of the “My Wish” series, and for their help in creating these incredible wish experiences. Beyond assisting with this year’s series, Disney – which owns ESPN – has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 37 years and has helped the organization grant more than 110,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.
For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee visit www.middletennessee.wish.org.
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