The morning included a family fun zone where kids and families could take part in activities such as bounce houses, face painting, and balloon art. Mascots for the Nashville Sounds, the Nashville Predators and the Vanderbilt Commodores were also on hand for the fun.
Jessica Bliss, columnist for the Tennessean, served as emcee for the short program preceding the walk. The crowd heard from Wish Hero Levi who spoke about his wish to meet wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson in 2015. Approximately 30 local wish kids donned capes and took the stage as wish heroes, illustrating a fraction of the wishes that are granted in Middle Tennessee each year.
Presenting sponsor Franklin Kia’s Dan O’Brien joined Bliss, Levi and the other wish heroes to share some exciting news with the crowd. Four-year-old Izabella, who was diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome, found out her wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort is coming true.
Walk for Wishes 2016 was presented by Franklin Kia, with additional support from A.O. Smith, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, GameStop, The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, USImprints, 92Q and more.