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Fairbanks Mom Helps Her Son’s Wish Live On: Restoring a Truck for Make-A-Wish® Alaska


January 29, 2013


Fairbanks, AK

Alaska residents can help make more wishes come true for local children through Pick. Click. Give.

Who and What

Fairbanks resident Ellen Moore finds herself coming full-circle. Her son, Zane, who was a Make-A-Wish Alaska recipient in 2008, lost his battle with cancer in 2011. Today, Ellen carries on her son’s dream: to give back to the organization that gave him joy when he needed it most.

“We first talked about such a project a couple of days before he died,” she said. “I am most proud when I think of making this dream of Zane's a reality, because I am proud to be his mom.”

Moore is partnering with Hutchison High School and various local automotive businesses and volunteers in Fairbanks to restore Zane’s 1963 Chevy truck. After its completion, Moore and the students will auction the truck to benefit Make-A-Wish Alaska.

Moore takes her inspiration and commitment to giving back to Make-A-Wish from her son. “He saw that sometimes, you need a vacation or distraction from sadness, sickness, and sorrow,” she said.

Fairbanks residents can help contribute to Zane’s Ride or give the gift of joy with a click of a mouse through Pick.Click.Give.

Ways to Help

Make-A-Wish Alaska is participating in Pick.Click.Give. Did you know that Make-A-Wish Alaska is part of Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Charitable Contributions Program? This year, the organization with the most donations from Pick.Click.Give. will receive an additional $2,500 match.

Each year, Make-A-Wish Alaska grants 30 wishes to local children. We need your support to reach our vision to grant a wish for every eligible child in the state. Right now, for every child who receives the gift of a wish, there is another child we are still trying to reach.

For more information about Pick.Click.Give., visit or call Make-A-Wish Alaska's Regional Director, Nicole Sheldon, at 907.258.9474.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska has granted Alaskan wishes to more than 500 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant about 30 wishes, and an additional 30 wishes to kids from across the US who wish to visit Alaska as part of their wish. 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. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.


Nicole Sheldon
Regional Director, Anchorage Office or 907.258.9476

Lindsay Schrupp
Social Media and Media Relations or 206.588.8953

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