Jordan’s Make-A-Wish® adventure started long before he caught a glimpse of his first wild kangaroo: Stepping onto the jetway for his first intercontinental flight was the true beginning of his wish.
Many wishes like Jordan’s come true with help from frequent fliers. Their donations of airline miles are essential to getting wish kids to their destinations. Donating airline miles through the Foundation’s Wishes in FlightSM program is easy – and the miles never expire once they’re in the Foundation’s account.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 4:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Make-A-Wish Colorado is holding a special daylong telethon on 7NEWS and Azteca Colorado to collect airline miles to send wish kids on their wishes. You can help us reach our goal of raising 3.5 million miles! Please call the 7NEWS Call Center at (303) 832-0670 on the day of the telethon or click to donate a portion of your unused airline miles any time between now and Dec. 11.
Nearly 70 percent of the wishes granted nationwide by the Make-A-Wish Foundation last year included air travel for families to reach their wish destinations. The Foundation estimates that 2.5 billion donated airline miles are needed to provide wish travel for wish kids and their families each year.
At the local level, nearly 80 percent of Colorado wishes include air travel, making it a critical - and costly - resource. In fact, approximately 768 airline tickets (based on a family of four), the equivalent of 40-50 million airline miles, are needed each year.
“Make-A-Wish arranges travel for wish kids to reach their wish destinations, whether it’s to meet a celebrity, go to their favorite theme park or reconnect with a close friend who moved away,” said Joan Mazak, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Colorado. “Donating unused airline miles is an easy way for supporters to help us grant children’s wishes and give them an experience that improves the quality of life for them and their families.”
Many major airlines based in the United States allow members of their frequent flier programs to donate airline miles to Make-A-Wish . If you have air miles with Delta, Frontier, US Airways, Continental, or United, you hold the ticket to a child’s wishSM. Frequent fliers can learn more about donating their air miles today at colorado.wish.org/miles.
Every traveler can be part of a life-affirming wish. All it takes is a simple airline miles donation.
*Download the airline donation form and email or fax to Make-A-Wish Colorado at (303) 755-3108.