On average, 77 percent of wishes involve air travel. Make-A-Wish Northeast New York has currently postponed 13 pending wishes. Nationwide, 970 wishes were immediately impacted, with 30 more wishes estimated to be postponed each day.
As a result, Make-A-Wish America has adapted our organization messaging to address the current situation and will be launching a new national campaign, PSA and press release on Friday that calls attention to the children waiting for their wishes to come true.
All of Make-A-Wish will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. State Department, and Make-A-Wish America is working closely with the national Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families we serve at the center of all policy decisions we make.
“In light of the current medical and public concerns, Make-A-Wish is taking urgent and deliberate steps to ensure the health and safety of all wish kids and their families, as well as our partners, supporters and the general public,” said Make-A-Wish Northeast New York CEO William C. Trigg, III. “After 33 years of granting 1,950 wishes in the 518 and 838 area codes, Make-A-Wish Northeast New York remains focused on our commitment to delivering hope, strength and joy to local children with critical illnesses.”
As always, we remain committed to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child fighting a critical illness. The world needs hope right now, and our mission is to create life-changing wishes that deliver hope to children with critical illnesses. Our mission has been interrupted and we need your support now more than ever.
Here is how you can help:
DONATE ONLINE: Ensure Make-A-Wish Northeast New York has the funding available to resume wishes as quickly as possible when it is safe. Children with critical illnesses count on these wishes, and we cannot afford to keep them waiting a single unnecessary day. Go to http://www.neny.wish.org/donate.
SHARE YOUR MILES: Of all the 90-10 wishes granted locally each year, and the 16,000 granted nationally, 77 percent involve travel. Help us get ready for travel wishes to resume by supporting our Wishes In Flight® Program at www.neny.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles. Once donated, your miles will not expire and will be used to support wishes.
We will continue to share the hope, the joy, and the power a wish can have for a child battling a critical illness on our external channels. Your help today will bring hope and joy to wish kids in our 15-county region comprising the 518 and 838 area codes tomorrow. To support wishes across Northeast New York, learn more at www.neny.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish Northeast New York
Make-A-Wish grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Northeast New York serves the 15 counties comprising the 518 and 838 area codes. The chapter grants 90-100 wishes each year and has granted 1,950 wishes since 1987. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.neny.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because every child deserves a childhood. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. This year, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the organization in 1980. Since then, Make-A-Wish has become the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 34,000 volunteers across the U.S. grant a wish every 33 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. In total, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 330,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,800 wishes in 2019 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America and the 40th anniversary celebration, visit wish.org.