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Filming Begins for Local Make-A-Wish® Kid Who Wishes to Star in Her Own Dance Video


April 01, 2015


Anchorage, AK

*** Media and Photo Opportunity ***


While battling Wilms tumor, eleven-year-old Lauren dreamed about being able to dance again, and to be able to go outside and spend time with her friends listening to music. Now that she’s beat cancer, she’s ready to create her dance video set to Michael Jackson’s hit song “Beat It.” The filming will take place over two days—one day in the studio and the other day out in the Anchorage community. The completed film will premiere in September. Media is invited to witness a wish in action and capture several aspects of Lauren’s two-day video shoot. She and her family are happy to share their story and will be available for interviews.


Friday, April 3, 2015

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Studio film day at KAKM! Lauren works with the director of Studio 49 School of Dance to complete the solo dance segments. At 3 p.m., Lauren's backup dancers arrive for the group filming. KAKM Studio, 3877 University Dr. Call for location specifics.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lauren and her friends arrive at ESCAPE hair salon to get hair and make-up done for their day of fun. Escape Salon, 415 W 5th Ave.

11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Lauren skateboards to the music in front of the Anchorage Museum in the birch forest. Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. A Street side

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lauren and company arrive at Celestial Sweets for a cupcake party to finish ff the day of filming. Celestial Sweets, 2601 Spenard Rd.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,600 children, nearly 400 of whom are from Alaska, with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 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. Currently, there are more than 400 children awaiting their wishes and there are more who qualify for our services, yet we are unable to reach them and grant their wishes due to a lack of funds and capacity. In fact, every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington do not receive a wish because of a lack of funding. 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 or connect with us at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.



Hannah Moderow
Media Relations, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Nicole Sheldon
Regional Director, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

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Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333


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