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Iditarod Dream to Come True for Make-A-Wish Teen from Utah


March 03, 2015


Anchorage, AK

ExxonMobil and Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington team up to grant Ally’s wish.


Fourteen-year-old Ally from Utah has been dreaming about the Iditarod ever since she learned about famous sled dogs Togo and Balto. That’s why, when granted a wish from Make-A-Wish, she chose to come to Alaska to experience the Last Great Race. Come witness Ally as her dream to mush in the Iditarod comes true.


Thursday, March 5
12 p.m.: Ally arrives at the Millennium Hotel for pizza lunch with her musher, Heidi Sutter. (4800 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517)

6 p.m.: Ally attends Musher Banquet at the Dena'ina Center as a VIP at the ExxonMobil table and holds mukluk for musher drawing. (600 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501)

Saturday, March 7
10 a.m.: Idita-Rider experience in downtown Anchorage.

Monday, March 9
10 a.m.: Ally attends the Iditarod re-start in Fairbanks and tells the story of her exciting Idita-Rider adventure with Heidi Sutter.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,600 children, nearly 400 of whom are from Alaska, with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 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. Currently, there are more than 400 children awaiting their wishes and there are more who qualify for our services, yet we are unable to reach them and grant their wishes due to a lack of funds and capacity. In fact, every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington do not receive a wish because of a lack of funding. 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 at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.

About ExxonMobil:

ExxonMobil is the largest holder of discovered gas resources on the North Slope and the largest interest owner of the Prudhoe Bay unit, which has been in production for more than 30 years.  The company is currently constructing the Point Thomson Project on the North Slope, a natural gas condensate development expected to begin production by 2016. ExxonMobil, together with BP, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada and the state of Alaska, is contributing to the next chapter of Alaska’s energy legacy through work on the Alaska LNG project.



Hannah Moderow
Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Make-A-Wish

Kim Jordan
Alaska Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil

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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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-5300
Toll Free (800) 304-9474
Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Eastern Washington Office
104 S Freya St
Yellow Flag Bldg #207
Spokane, WA 99202
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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Alaska Office
430 W 7th Ave #110
Anchorage, AK 99501
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