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Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington Child will be First to Run Bases at Mariners 2013 Home Opener


April 02, 2013

Who and What

Seattle is gearing up for another baseball season with the ceremonial running of the bases at the Mariners Opening Night on Monday, April 8th against the Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m. This year, 11-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient Marlee of Sammamish, WA is excited to be the first to round the bases. Make-A-Wish chose Marlee, who underwent a liver transplant, to partake in this honored tradition this year. Marlee, who wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in February, will be joined by her parents (Lance and Holly) and brother (Max) at the game.

With a renewed health and strength, one and a half years post-transplant, one of Marlee’s greatest enjoyments is attending Seattle area sporting events. With her family, rooted deep in sports as participants and spectators, Marlee is one of the Mariners most enthusiastic fans, cheering loudly and proudly. She will be wearing #34, representing her favorite player, Felix Hernandez, on Opening Day. Marlee will run the bases with joy and a grateful heart, honoring all children with life-threatening medical conditions impacted by Make-A-Wish.

When and Where

Practice for the Mariners Opening Night run around the bases will be Friday, April 5th at 10 a.m. at Safeco Field. Marlee will be running the bases before the Mariners open the 2013 season at Safeco Field on Monday, April 8th at approximately 7:10 p.m. Safeco Field is located at 1250 First Avenue South.

Important Media Ballpark Entrance Instructions

Media wishing to cover the practice should enter through the Third Base Entry of Safeco Field (1st Ave. side, across from the Great Floors carpet store). To cover the Opening Night pregame ceremony, media must be credentialed in advance by the Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Dept. Please contact Rebecca Hale at (206) 346-4324 or for credential information.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,200 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. 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 Washington 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.


Donna Verretto
VP of Wishes or 206.623.5338

Press Contact

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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