On Sunday, March 29, millions of WWE® fans around the world will watch their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas during WrestleMania® 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. In the midst of the excitement, 10-year-old Kristen and her family from Lake Stevens, Wash. will get to experience the annual event firsthand. Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, through the help of WWE, has planned a weekend packed with activities guaranteed to amaze the young fan.
The excitement begins Thursday, March 26, when Kristen and her family will travel to Santa Clara in Silicon Valley. In addition to attending Sunday’s event, Kristen will have opportunities to meet WWE Superstars and Divas, including a private autograph session and tickets to the biggest fan event of the year, WrestleMania Axxess.
Kristen and her family will also have free time to explore Silicon Valley and attend a pizza party for wish kids at the Tech Museum of Innovation.
Kristen will join 24 other wish kids from around the country whose one true wish is to go to WrestleMania. With 25 wish kids attending this year, WrestleMania is one of the largest single wish-granting endeavors, though support from WWE occurs year-round: WWE regularly helps grant wishes by donating tickets to WWE events nationwide and coordinating meet and greets with WWE talent.
“Our wish kids enjoy watching WWE because the confidence and bravery of the WWE Superstars and Divas is something that inspires them as they face a life-threatening medical condition,” said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “WWE consistently grants high quality wishes, and I am confident Kristen will return from WrestleMania 31 with a renewed sense of strength and resilience.”
WWE has been involved in wish granting since the early 1980s, beginning shortly after the founding of Make-A-Wish. The popularity of WWE has endured throughout the years with a total wish count numbering in the thousands. Since 2001, more than 45 Superstars and Divas have individually been requested, and subsequently, granted a wish.
About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,600 children 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 akwa.wish.org or connect with us at facebook.com/makeawishakwa or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.
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