11-year-old Sierra's love for animals keeps her strong as she battles a life-threatening heart condition. This May, she will travel to the Zoological Wildlife Foundation to care for animals, made possible by the partnership of local Taco Bell customers from all 15 locations and Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In addition to helping Sierra and her family go on an once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Zoological Wildlife Foundation, the donations from Taco Bell will be used to grant six wishes to other Alaska children this year. For the past four years, Taco Bell has partnered with Make-A-Wish to support local wishes. This year's campaign will run from March 9 through March 30, 2016. 100% of donations will benefit Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.
“Being a good community partner is important to our employees and central to the philosophy at Taco Bell,” said Dale Martens, president of Denali Foods—the Alaska Taco Bell Franchisee. “We’re proud to support such a worthy cause, and look forward to fulfilling more wishes for children in Alaska.”
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington would like to thank Denali Foods and Taco Bell for their generous support.
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About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Thirty years and 6,000 wishes later, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington is local and we are here to stay with your support! From granting six wishes in our first year, to now 368 this year, we have come a long way, but our work is not over yet. We’re lighting a spark within our organization and our community to grant a wish for every eligible child because we know wishes matter. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence 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. Every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington does not receive a wish because they are not being referred to our program. That’s something we can and will change. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit akwa.wish.org or connect with us at facebook.com/makeawishakwa or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.
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