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Make-A-Wish® Alaska Volunteer Helps his Sister’s Wish Live On


February 01, 2013


Anchorage, AK

Who and What

Ian Turner’s journey with Make-A-Wish® Alaska began six years ago, when his sister, Mariah, who was battling mitochondrial disease, wished to go on a Disney® cruise.

“Remembering how precious my sister's wish was to my family makes me that much more eager to provide such experiences for other children and their families,” he said.

Today, this Anchorage local is an active wish-granting volunteer for Make-A-Wish, the non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Ian takes his inspiration from the memory of his sister and her positive outlook on life to add magic and wonder to every wish he grants—whether it’s planning a wish to Disneyland® or pulling together an Academy Awards-themed send-off party. But Ian can’t do it all alone. He’s asking for your help through Pick.Click.Give.

How you can 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? 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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