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Make-A-Wish Alaska Recipient Pays Wish Forward, Asks Others to Help Make Wishes Come True


November 26, 2013


Anchorage, AK

Five years ago, nine-years-old Sam sat with his mom before going into the doctor’s office. Sam turned to his mom and said; “Maybe the reason why I got this disease is to help other people.” Now, fourteen-year-old Sam of Anchorage is still making good on that promise, despite battling a life-threatening kidney disease for more than 11 years of his life. 

Three years ago, Sam’s wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort with all 10 of his siblings was granted. Today, he is asking Anchorage locals to follow his lead by giving gifts to local children and their siblings who are waiting for their wishes.

Friday, November 29th, 11 a.m.
SteamDot Coffee: 600 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, 99503 
Meet Sam as he donates the first travel-related gift of the season. Sam will also hand out tags from the “Travel Tree” to shoppers. Each tag lists an item a shopper can purchase for a child and drop-off at the tree. The Travel Tree promotion, in partnership with AKontheGo and SteamDot Coffee, will run from Nov. 29- Dec. 15.

You can Pick. Click. Give a Wish to an Alaskan Kid like Sam!
We invite you to Pick. Click. Give a Wish! You can help bring hope, strength and joy to Alaskan children battling life-threatening medical conditions. When you apply for your PFD online, look for “Make-A-Wish Alaska” on the Pick. Click. Give. list of non-profits. With your support, together we can reach our goal to grant a wish to every eligible Alaskan child.

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.



Nicole Sheldon
Regional Director, Alaska Office 
Prior to 11/27: 907.258.9474
Day of: 907.360.5001

Lindsay Schrupp
Prior to 11/27: 800.304.9474
Day of: 530.383.2007

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Seattle, WA  98104

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