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Wish to meet baby bears will come true for Make-A-Wish® kid Ellis at the Alaska Zoo


June 22, 2015


Anchorage, AK


Do you want to see the look on Ellis’ face when his wish comes true? This adventuresome kid from Washington is battling dermatomyositis, a rare, life-threatening connective-tissue disease. That hasn’t stopped him from dreaming about a family trip to Alaska—to meet baby bears, sleep in a cabin and go fishing. His wish will come true this week at the Alaska Zoo thanks to Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington and the community.


  • Wednesday, June 24th at approximately 12:30 p.m.
    Ellis and his family will receive a warm welcome to Alaska at Kriner’s Diner with a special bear-themed pancake lunch! (2409 C St, Anchorage, AK 99503)
    **Call on the day-of to confirm time in case of flight delays
  • Saturday, June 27th at 10 a.m.
    Ellis’ wish to meet baby bears will come true at the Alaska Zoo! His whole family will be treated to a VIP bear tour followed by a surprise cake celebration in the Alaska Zoo café.  (4731 O’Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507)

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,700 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 or connect with us at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.

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Hannah Moderow
Communications and Marketing Coordinator

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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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