We’ve compiled some stories that showcase how our mission helps kids … and how caring people find a way to be part of the wishes we grant.
First up, let’s visit Portland for a story about 8-year-old Atticus, who wished to play a match against the Portland Timbers. Atticus missed the final game with his Green Machine team last season because of his cancer treatment. Well, he returned to lead the Green Machine past the Timbers 10-9. More than 3,000 fans showed up for the match, many of them members of the Timbers Army supporters club. I’ve seen the Timbers Army in action at Jeld-Wen Field, and it’s no surprise they turned up to support a future soccer star like Atticus. It's always incredible to see so many people play a role in a wish - from pro soccer players to fans.
Next, we have some great news from Make-A-Wish Guam. The chapter set an ambitious goal of raising 2 million air miles. The chapter staff expected it to be tough – but they did it! They went more than 2,200 miles over the mark. That’s great news for the seven kids from Guam who traveled with their families as part of their wish this summer. The miles will all go to help wish kids from Guam. It's a huge achievement that will allow the Guam chapter to focus on the details of each wish ... and less about the transportation.
Finally, we’ll wrap it up with some news about a Walk for Wishes event. This year, we have big plans to ramp up family-friendly walk events nationwide. And it just goes to show you what taking a stroll can do: Participants in Riverside, Calif., raised $45,000. And the story shows how things can come full circle: 18-year-old Adam was a team captain at the Walk for Wishes event … he said gratitude for having his wish granted in 2009 motivated him to act. He hopes others can find the strength and renewal of a wish experience. Through Adam, the story shows that wishes make lifelong changes in kids and their families.