Sun-Sentinel Letter to the Editor
SOUTH FLORIDA – I’m excited to share with your audience the success of “Make-A-Wish® Month,” a recent initiative that will enable 38 local children who have life-threatening medical conditions to make a wish — to be something, to meet someone, to go somewhere or to have something — and have it come true. This is not done to publicly pat ourselves on the back, but to spotlight how the South Florida community came together to benefit sick children.
Granting a wish and giving a child access to something they’ve only previously dreamed of, which we do every 16 hours, isn’t cheap, so the $190,000 we raised in May is the direct result of our board members, local corporations, and individuals fundraising on our behalf, all designed to generate the large and small donations that fuel our mission.
TooJay’s Gourmet Deli created special Make-A-Wish cookies and continues to give us 15 percent of appetizer sales through the end of the month. Fort Lauderdale’s 110 Tower was lit in our shade of blue to raise awareness of what was being accomplished, the delivery of hope, strength, and joy to children and families that need it most.
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, and that’s about what it takes to make their most heartfelt wishes a reality. South Florida is that village for us and we’re thankful to all those who have enabled us to make a life-changing difference more than 8,000 times since 1983.
Norm Wedderburn, president/CEO, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida