FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Josh deBerge, National Communications Manager
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PHOENIX (Nov. 6, 2013) – Make-A-Wish® went behind-the-scenes of the Stars Dance Tour to hand deliver the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award to Selena Gomez. Selena’s tour made a recent stop in Phoenix, Ariz. – the home of the global headquarters for Make-A-Wish. Staff from the non-profit’s headquarters met Selena backstage at the US Airways Center to personally present her with the award and thank her for her unwavering support for granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Selena was announced as a Chris Greicius Celebrity Award recipient at the Annual Conference for Make-A-Wish in October 2012. The award – now in its 24th year of existence – is given to celebrities for outstanding dedication to wish granting.
An accomplished actress and multi-platinum recording artist, Selena is consistently requested by wish kids nationwide. Over the last five years, Selena has granted 91 wishes through Make-A-Wish. She will add to that number as she grants a total of 7 wishes during her in-progress Stars Dance Tour.
In addition to the impressive number of wishes granted, Selena deserves recognition for making each wish experience one that the wish kids and their families never forget. She generously devotes her time to developing a personal connection with wish kids, giving them an opportunity to feel normal again and momentarily forget about their medical conditions.
“A wish-come-true helps wish kids feel better and in some cases get better,” said Make-A-Wish America president and chief executive officer David A. Williams. “Celebrities, like Selena, can make a very real, lasting impact on wish kids’ ability to handle and overcome the medical challenges they face.”
In fiscal year 2012, Make-A-Wish granted nearly 14,000 wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions; almost 900 of those wishes involved a celebrity. Celebrity meetings continue to be an incredibly popular wish request, and Make-A-Wish is extremely thankful for its celebrity supporters.
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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.