Make-A-Wish® America has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer across the country. The seven-figure contribution will benefit 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide, including Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. The local chapter has allocated a portion of the funds to grant 12-year-old Michael’s wish to have his brother visit from Honduras.
Michael has a lot on his mind every day: he thinks about his next leukemia treatment; he imagines his future; and he wonders how his brother is doing back in Honduras. The close bond between them led Michael to wish for his brother to come to Seattle for a visit.
“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Michael," said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. "Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Michael’s wish came true, bringing us one step closer to our vision to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”
“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, U.S. Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”
Together, Michael, his brother and his mother toured famous Seattle sights. Most of all, they reconnected after all of the time they spent apart.
The $1.25 million donation coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and find out how you can get involved, visit akwa.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,300 local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. From granting six wishes in our first year to now 332 this year, we have come a long way but our work is not over yet. With your help, we’re getting closer to reaching our vision to grant a wish to every eligible child by 2020, because we know that wishes matter. According to a 2011 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 five 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 all 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 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakeAWishAKWA.
About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.