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Six-year-old's wish to raise awareness of pediatric cancer to hit the silver screen

Date

October 14, 2015

Location

Seattle, WA

Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington calls upon media and town criers to spread the word about Princess Alexis's animated short film made possible by production studio World Famous.

Lords and ladies, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and friends of all ages are invited to the world premiere of an original animated short conceived by six-year-old Alexis, who recently battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). After being diagnosed, Alexis wished to document her journey and bring awareness to pediatric cancer by starring in her own cartoon.  

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington partnered with Seattle-based production studio World Famous to bring Alexis’s vision to life with blockbuster animation and Disney voiceover talent, including Korean-American actress Jamie Chung (“Big Hero 6” and “Mulan”). The resulting three-minute film is a powerful yet whimsical fairy tale starring Princess Alexis as herself. 

Media can view behind-the-scenes video footage and read Alexis’s full story at akwa.wish.org/alexis-wish.

“In our chapter’s 30-year history, we have never had a wish quite like Alexis’s,” said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “We are so proud to partner with World Famous to bring her ideas to life and to grant a wish that has the potential to touch so many other children living with cancer in our community and beyond.” 

Working closely with a team of professional creative directors, animators, copywriters and illustrators at World Famous, Alexis was made part of every aspect of the production process, from the development of the story and the characters, all the way to design and animation choices.    

"Alexis is an inspiration. She’s faced her challenges with remarkable courage, positivity, and thoughtfulness,” said Alan Nay, founder and owner of World Famous. “Her wish for an animated film demonstrates this thoughtfulness. She wants to make a little film of her story not for her, but for other children facing cancer so they can have a better understanding and maybe be just a little bit less afraid. We were delighted and honored to use our talent and skills in collaboration with such a brave person as Alexis." 

Alexis's one-of-a-kind animation will screen at a family-friendly red carpet world premiere, thanks to the support of the Cinerama.

When: Saturday, October 24 at 10 a.m.
Where: Cinerama (2100 4th Ave., Seattle, 98121)
RSVP: Guests are encouraged to RSVP at akwa.wish.org/alexis  

Alexis’s red carpet event will be highlighted by fantasy and fun with a special appearance from former Seattle Sounders player Roger Levesque starring as the one-and-only “Prince Charming.” Guests will also enjoy complimentary concessions, face painting and entertainment by Teatro Zinzanni prior to the screening.

Guests are invited to dress in their fairy tale-themed best and line the red carpet as paparazzi. A short program inside the theater, emceed by Ross Fletcher of the Seattle Sounders FC, will be followed by behind-the-scenes videos and Alexis’ short film.

Donating most of their time, World Famous has contributed hundreds of hours to the making of Alexis’s wish. The hard costs have been paid for by the Seattle Sounders who have adopted Alexis’s wish. 

About Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington

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

Jessica Mathews (prior to event)
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
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206.623.5300

Jessie Elenbaas (day-of event)
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
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206.579.9939 

Jan Jacobs (day-of event)
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
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206.552.4844

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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