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November 20, 2020

Make-A-Wish® Launches Families For Wishes Inviting Families to Give Back this Holiday Season

Make-A-Wish Calls on Families Across the Country to Create New Holiday Traditions through New Fundraising Activation

North Dakota, 11/19/2020 – This holiday season, Make-A-Wish North Dakota is calling on families across the state to create a new tradition of delivering hope and joy to children fighting critical illnesses through a new Families For Wishes activation.

Communities of families, friends and more can create their own unique Families For Wishes fundraising page at and raise funds to help grant life-changing wishes. Families For Wishes provides a new approach to fundraising in support of the Make-A-Wish mission by inviting individuals near and far to leverage technology to come together and give back.

“By creating a Families For Wishes page and donating to Make-A-Wish North Dakota this holiday season, you and your family can join us in bringing joy back into a the lives of local children,” said Billi Jo Zielinski, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish North Dakota. “Hope is essential, and we are excited to introduce this opportunity to establish new traditions during these challenging times.”

Signing up is as easy as one-two-three:
1. Visit
2. Join the Make-A-Wish North Dakota team to raise funds to support local families.
3. Create a family fundraising page, add a picture and begin fundraising!

The Families For Wishes activation will make it possible for more wish kids like 12-year-old Iris to experience the power of a wish. Iris’ wish to see snow delivered her and her family joy amidst her battle against a brain tumor.

“Her diagnosis changed a lot - we went from planning everything to living in the moment because we didn't know what was going to happen next," said Kristin, Iris' mom.

Iris’ wish was the first time in three years Iris and her family did not think about her illness.

“All we did was spend time together and enjoy each other’s company," said Kristin.

For a child fighting a critical illness, every day of waiting for a wish is one too many. To
learn more about Make-A-Wish and how to make life-changing wishes possible for children with
critical illnesses by joining a Families For Wishes team, visit

About Make-A-Wish® North Dakota
Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. North Dakota
children with critical illnesses have had their wishes granted since 1985. Now, 35 years later, we
celebrate granting more than 950 wishes statewide. Our vision is to grant every eligible child’s
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