Make-A-Wish® America has received a $1.26 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company with the purpose of granting more wishes for children with cancer. This is the second consecutive year that Bristol-Myers Squibb has made a seven-figure contribution to the organization that grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, totaling $2.6 million in support.
The generous donation will allow Make-A-Wish chapters to impact more lives in their local communities nationwide. The grant will specifically be used for wish kids with cancer – the most common critical illness for wish kids.
“We know that these wishes can be truly transformational for a wish kid and make a tangible, lasting impact,” said David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. “The contribution from Bristol-Myers Squibb will give more wish kids the opportunity to experience a wish, and in turn, build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight cancer.”
“Make-A-Wish understands that hope plays a crucial role in the treatment of childhood cancer,” said Adam Lenkowsky, head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We continue to be inspired by the incredible passion and dedication of Make-A-Wish, and are proud to help support families throughout their cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
As a non-profit receiving no government funding, Make-A-Wish relies on supporters like Bristol-Myers Squibb, combined with the efforts of other corporate and individual donors, to make wish granting possible. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit wish.org.
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Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 35,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,400 in 2017 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.