45% of the 86 wishes expected to be granted this year will occur during the summer. If all 86 wishes are granted as scheduled, it will be the most wishes in a year in the history of the chapter.
Fourteen-year-old Frida of Santa Barbara, lives a brain tumor and will be the center of attention on August 3 at her shopping spree at the Oaks, in Thousand Oaks. Volunteer Wish Granters Karen Kerrigan and Liz Kleinfingher will accompany her on the shopping spree.
She will be shopping at:
– Charlotte Russe
– Hot Topic
– Victoria Secret
– JC Penny
– Pac Sun
Many of the summer wishes are for travel and there is a simple way the community can help. Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties is asking people to donate frequent flier miles to help grant wishes. Through a special matching grant, the donated miles will be matched up to 1 million miles and will be used to send sick children from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties and their families on wish trips. Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties still needs 450,000 more miles in the next 45 days to complete their matching miles campaign. Instead of turning in small balances of miles for magazines, passengers can donate miles – a gift that can make a real difference to kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
To donate, go to http://tri-counties.wish.org/ways-to-help/wishes-in-flightsm/ or call 805 676 9474 x4 by August 31, 2013. Each year the chapter needs 8 million miles but only 1-2 million are donated, making airline tickets the most avoidable expense for the small chapter.
ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH TRI-COUNTIES
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of 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 have positive impacts on 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. With a staff of only five and the help of more than 100 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has granted over 1000 special wishes to children in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. If you want to refer a child to Make-A-Wish, call 1-888-899-9474 [WISH]. Donations may be sent to Make-A-Wish at 4222 Market Street, Suite D, Ventura, CA 93001. To donate your vehicle or your airline miles call 676-9974. For more information on these or other ways to help visit our website at: www.tri-counties.wish.org.