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Local teen hosts Make A Difference Day to benefit Make-A-Wish kids like her


October 23, 2018


Wenatchee, WA

Fifteen-year-old Makenna Schwab is inspiring a new generation of local philanthropists. In 2016, Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington granted her wish to meet actor Chris Pratt. She chose to meet Pratt because she wanted to brainstorm ways they could work together to make a bigger difference for children facing critical illnesses just like her. Makenna’s heartfelt wish continues to give back to children today, and this year she’ll be hosting a Make A Difference Day fundraiser and toy drive to benefit other wish kids. Makenna will be collecting new backpacks, luggage, games, blankets and monetary donations.

Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry (146 Easy Way, Wenatchee, WA, 98801)

Research shows children who receive a wish gain physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness. Right now there are 10 kids in the Wenatchee area who are waiting to receive a wish, and Makenna wants to help.

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Together, we create life-changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. Yet, not every child in our territory who is eligible for a wish receives one. With your help, we can change that. For more information please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakeAWishAKWA.


Angela Geiss
Regional Director, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Makenna Schwab
Founder, Makspire Foundation

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Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333

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