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Florida teen battling cancer wishes to find hope through the Northern Lights


September 20, 2013


Fairbanks, AK

Make-A-Wish® Alaska grants the first Northern Lights wish of the season.


Seventeen-year-old Veronica is looking for a new beginning. This teenager from Southern Florida is battling cancer and wished to see the Northern Lights to give her hope on her journey to recovery. Veronica will travel the day after her 18th birthday to Fairbanks, AK to see the Northern Lights for “a sense of hope and release.”


Tuesday, Sept. 24th

11 a.m.: Veronica arrives at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks for a VIP presentation on the Northern Lights by Dr. Roger Smith.
(930 Koyukuk Drive, Room 417 of the International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks)

After the presentation, time TBD: Veronica leaves for Chena Hot Spring Resort until September 29th, where she may take an ice museum tour, go horseback riding and, of course, view the Northern Lights with her family to find hope and inspiration for her journey to recovery. 
(565 Chena Hot Springs Road, Fairbanks)

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 at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.



Lindsay Schrupp
Communications and Marketing Coordinator or 800.304.9474

Nicole Sheldon
Regional Director, Alaska Office or 907.258.9474

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