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Local Make-A-Wish® kid stars in her own dance video to Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

Date

September 17, 2015

Location

Anchorage, AK

While battling cancer, 11-year-old Lauren dreamed about being able to dance again and hang out with her friends listening to 80s music. When presented with a wish, Lauren chose to combine those desires into a wish to dance in her own music video. She spent two days in Anchorage in partnership with many community members and Video Dads production.

Now, Lauren’s wish has been granted and the world can see her take on bringing this classic 80s hit to life as her video hit YouTube today. Preview her video at https://youtu.be/3Nj9Xjc3CWA To learn more about Lauren’s wish journey, watch her behind-the-scenes video at: https://youtu.be/BPpa7DZElkc Media interested in interviewing Lauren and her family should contact Hannah Moderow at 907.382.4937 or unaanu@nxjn.jvfu.bet.

About Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,800 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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Contact:

Hannah Moderow
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
907.382.4937
unaanu@nxjn.jvfu.bet

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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
wgnepun@nxjn.jvfu.bet

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