WHO & WHAT:
While battling cancer, 11-year-old Lauren dreamed about being able to dance again, and to be able to go outside and spend time with her friends listening to music. So, when presented with a wish, Lauren chose to combine those desires into a wish to dance in her own music video. The filming for this wish took place over two days in Anchorage in partnership with many community members and Video Dads production.
Now that she’s in remission, she’s ready to unveil her dance video set to Michael Jackson’s hit song “Beat It.” This 80s-themed costume event will include a red carpet welcome for star Lauren and will be attended by Lauren’s friends, as well as community partners and friends of Make-A-Wish.
We need YOUR help as a member of the media to role play and make Lauren feel like the star that she truly is! Line the red carpet and shout her name, grab that important interview with the budding starlit or just pose for a selfie with her. If you are interested in attending this event and playing along, please RSVP to Hannah Moderow (contact info is listed below).
WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Grant Hall Theater, Alaska Pacific University
101 University Drive
Lauren will arrive to a red carpet entrance at 5:45 p.m. Video premiere will take place at 6 p.m. followed by a behind-the-scenes film, Q and A session with some of the production team, and a reception in the theater hallway.
About Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington:
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,700 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 akwa.wish.org or connect with us at facebook.com/makeawishakwa or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.
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