Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee remains focused on keeping our wish kids and families, community supporters, volunteers and employees safe. At this time, due to current medical and public concerns Make-A-Wish America has made the difficult decision to postpone all wish travel until further notice, as well as wish kid participation in all activities and events related to Make-A-Wish that involve large gatherings.
On average, Make-A-Wish America grants more than 15,800 wishes per year, and 77 percent of these wishes involve air travel. We estimate more than 30 wishes per day could be delayed by COVID-19 related postponements nationally. In Middle Tennessee, we have more than 200 kids waiting for their wishes and already we have had to postpone 31 wishes.
We will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. State Department, and are working closely with the National Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families we serve at the center of all policy decisions we make.
"The health and safety of our community is our priority, and we are doing everything we can to protect our wish kids, their families, our volunteers, and our team. To that end, we are postponing our upcoming wishes until further notice. Now more than ever, our wish kids need us to keep them hopeful. While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us, we are committed to doing everything we can to continue to bring them hope.
It's important to remember, though, this is only a postponement: Our kids WILL get their wish!"
-Beth Torres, President & CEO