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World Wish Day


April 25, 2016

Make-A-Wish® Oregon Celebrates Those That Make Wishes Possible on World Wish Day®

Join the global celebration of thanks by sharing your #WorldWishDay message on social media


Portland (April 25, 2016) – Make-A-Wish® – the global wish-granting organization that has granted more than 350,000 wishes worldwide since its inception in 1980 – will celebrate its annual World Wish Day® on April 29. Make-A-Wish Oregon is asking individuals in the local community to join them in honoring and thanking the doctors, social workers, donors, child-life specialists, volunteers, sponsors, wish kids and families who believe in the powerful, life-changing nature of a wish. The recognition taking place locally is part of a larger global effort happening at more than 100 Make-A-Wish chapters and affiliates around the world.

The worldwide “Thank You” day will take place on April 29, in honor of the organization’s 36th anniversary. Individuals can show their support for those who make wishes come true by sharing a World Wish Day message with the hashtag #WorldWishDay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Messages of thanks will help honor those who make life-changing experiences possible for children like Ozzy, age 10 from Hillsboro, who wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort.

“We know that Make-A-Wish would not exist without the support of people in communities throughout the world,” said Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International. “World Wish Day is a chance for us to say thank you to the hundreds of thousands of people who have played a part in wish granting since the beginning.” Make-A-Wish America president and CEO, David Williams, agrees saying: “World Wish Day isn’t a day for us to ask for help. It’s simply a day to say thank you and recognize the importance that each person plays in our mission.”

"Most people who have seen or experienced the life-changing effects of a wish-come-true don't realize that behind every wish is a team of community supporters who helped make it possible," said Laila Cook, Make-A-Wish Oregon CEO. "It is because of the joint efforts of donors, volunteers, store owners and businesses in local neighborhoods throughout the Make-A-Wish Oregon territory that more and more unforgettable wishes are being granted every year, and for that, we emphatically say, 'Thank you!'"

Make-A-Wish is showcasing the types of supporters behind each life-changing wish:

 Doctors like, Kusum Viswanathan, MD, who has referred more than 100 children since she became involved with the organization in 1986, or Dr. Sanjay Gupta, practicing neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, who recognizes a wish as a vital part of a child’s treatment.

  • Volunteers like Asia Breland, who has dedicated herself in supporting Make-A-Wish since 2014, because she sees the positive and wide-ranging impact of a wish-come-true – both for the wish kid and everyone involved.
  • Donors like Pete Meyers and Kevin McCarthy, who have hosted their Polar Bear Plunge Challenge for nearly 20 years and have raised vital funds to grant more wishes.
  • Celebrities like Nigel Barker and Mazdack Rassi who have experienced the joy of granting a child’s heartfelt wish.

About Make-A-Wish® Oregon

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Oregon chapter is one of 62 Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States. With the help of generous donors and 300 volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 3,300 wishes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.



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Kaitlyn Bolduc
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2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410
Portland, OR  97201

Phone : (503) 292-2280 x3371
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Make-A-Wish® Oregon
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 292-2280
Toll Free (800) 934-9474