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Eagle River boy finds the magic in his wish to Disney World®, thanks to Make-A-Wish® Alaska

Date

February 08, 2013

Location

Eagle River, AK

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

Who and What

When Jennifer took her two-year-old son, Robbie, to the hospital after unusual fevers, she was told it could be one of three things. “In my gut I knew what he had as soon as the doctors gave us the options,” said Jennifer. She knew it was what she never wanted to hear: Leukemia.

Now four-year-old Robbie has kept one thing in mind during his treatments for Acute Lymphomatic Leukemia: a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort, which is about to be granted by his friends at Make-A-Wish Alaska, the non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Where and When

Sunday, Feb 10th

  • 5pm: Robbie will join family and friends at Pizza Man (16410 Alaska 1, Eagle River) for his wish send-off party
  • 5:30pm: Entertainment begins! A magic show, courtesy of local talent, “Magic by Robbie,” will incorporate Robbie’s love for locks and keys into the unique performance.

Ways to Help

Alaskan residents can help contribute to wishes like Robbie’s with just a click of a mouse through Pick.Click.Give.

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.

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 akwa.wish.org or connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/northwestwishes or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.

Contact

Nicole Sheldon
Regional Director, Anchorage Office
Avpbyr@ajjvfurf.bet or 907.258.9476

Lindsay Schrupp
Social Media and Media Relations
Yvaqfnl@ajjvfurf.bet or 206.588.8953

Press Contact

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

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333
wgnepun@nxjn.jvfu.bet

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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-5300
Toll Free (800) 304-9474
Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Eastern Washington Office
104 S Freya St
Green Flag Bldg #210
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 458-2618
Toll Free (888) 790-7005
Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Alaska Office
430 W 7th Ave #110
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 258-9474
Toll Free (844) 510-9474