Make-A-Wish Alaska calls for airline miles in Anchorage in honor of World Wish Day
Six-year-old Ellie of Anchorage made a simple wish to meet her favorite princesses at a Florida theme park. But Ellie’s young life has been anything but a ‘cup of tea’ since her diagnosis with Leukemia. To wish her a royal bon-voyage, Make-A-Wish will partner with the community to host a special princess-themed celebration before she departs on her wish trip. It’s all part of Wish Week, a weeklong celebration of wish-granting in Anchorage.
Ellie’s wish will be granted on Monday, April 29, which is World Wish Day – a global celebration that honors the day the very first wish was granted in 1980.
- 12:30 p.m.: Ellie begins her day when a horse-drawn carriage arrives to carry her off through downtown Anchorage in royal fashion. (5th Ave Parking Garage, 320 W 5th Ave)
- 1 p.m.: To ensure Ellie feels like the princess she is, her next stop is Escape Salon Spa for her Bippity Boppity Boo princess make-over. (415 West 5th Ave)
- 3 p.m.: Ellie arrives at Kobuk Coffee Co. for her royal princess tea party to celebrate her special wish with family and friends. (504 West 5th Ave)
- 4 p.m.: The Anchorage community is invited to surprise Ellie by dressing in prince and princess attire and meeting at Town Square Municipal Park. Cupcakes, crowns, and entertainment courtesy of the Three Barons Renaissance Fair will be provided. (560 West 5th Ave)
Media wishing to cover this event may contact Nicole Sheldon at 907.258.9474 or Nicole@nwwishes.org prior to April 29th. On day-of, please call 907.360.5001.
Media wishing to attend the tea party at 3 p.m. must RSVP to Nicole Sheldon (number listed above) by April 25th.
Alaskans Hold the Ticket to a Child’s Wish
Over 85 percent of Alaskan wishes involve travel. To help support wishes for kids like Ellie, the local chapter is calling for donated unused airline miles to send kids on their wishes. Airline miles never expire for Make-A-Wish, and a donation of miles is just as good as cash. This year, Make-A-Wish Alaska is calling for 1.5 million miles to send kids like Ellie on their wishes.
In honor of World Wish Day, Make-A-Wish chapters across the globe are calling for unused airline miles. To donate miles to local wish kids like Ellie, individuals can go to: northwestwishes.org/donate/airmiles.asp
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.
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