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Flying High With Make-A-Wish® Alaska: Child Travels Across Country to Soar over Alaskan Waters

Date

June 07, 2013

Location

Ancorage, AK

Seven-year-old Charlie of Northern Texas was referred for a wish in 2011, but because of his treatment for Leukemia, his wish ‘to fly in a seaplane in Alaska and see the outdoors’ was put on hold. During his two-year wait, Charlie has dreamed of nothing but animals, fishing and seaplanes.

Charlie’s wish will be granted on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m., when he will hop on board a seaplane at Regal Air (4506 Lakeshore Drive, Anchorage, 99502), and fly over the city of Anchorage and surrounding mountains.

Charlie’s seaplane ride is just the beginning. His wish marks the first of a busy season of wishes. Currently, there are 22 other children from across the country waiting to experience their Alaskan summer wishes and 41 local Alaskan children who are also waiting for their wishes. Make-A-Wish Alaska needs local wish-granting volunteers to make these wishes for kids like Charlie come true.

Charlie will continue his Last Frontier adventure when he travels to Seward, Alaska, to see wildlife, experience a Kenai Fjords Glacier cruise, and go fly fishing on Kenai River.

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 U.S. 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 medical conditions, 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 www.akwa.wish.org or connect with us at www.facebook.com/northwestwishes or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.

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Contacts:

Nicole Sheldon
Make-A-Wish Alaska
Regional Director
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907.258.9474

Lindsay Schrupp
Make-A-Wish Alaska
Media Relations Coordinator
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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
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