Miami, FL – Pediatric Associates, which provides medical care to children at 26 South Florida locations, was honored by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida as its “Community Partner of the Year” at the wish-granting organization's recent donor appreciation event at Jungle Island. Contributions from the Plantation-based Pediatric Associates and its nonprofit foundation were part of what helped Make-A-Wish grant more than 500 wishes to local children who have life-threatening medical conditions in the past 12 months.
“We’re indebted to everyone who helps us bring happiness into the lives of children and families coping with difficult circumstances,” said Norman Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida president & CEO. "Pediatric Associates unselfish devotion to our cause enables us to provide life-altering wish experiences that empower both the recipients and all those connected to it.”
Pediatric Associates has been a longtime supporter of the Southern Florida chapter through its contributions and referrals of children who may be eligible to receive wishes. They have also pledged to grant wishes for two local children through membership in Make-A-Wish’s Cornerstone Society and made an in-kind donation, underwriting the cost to print the foundation’s Adopt-A-Wish brochure.
“Pediatric Associates is honored to be recognized as the community partner of the year. It is gratifying to know that our small contributions help to brighten the lives of so many children in our community,” said Peter J. Shulman, MD, Pediatric Associates CEO.
Celebrating its 30th year of wish-granting, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has delivered more than 9,000 wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Wish kids most often ‘wish to be’ (something), ‘wish to meet’ (someone), ‘wish to go’ (somewhere), or ‘wish to have’ (something) and the nonprofit organization makes this happen for the child and his/her entire family at no cost to them.
The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000, and is committed to making a dream come true for every medically-eligible child in its territory, which includes 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It completes its mission without federal or state funding, raising money through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants, and individual contributions. For more information, to make a donation, volunteer or refer a child, call (888) 773-WISH or connect at www.sfla.wish.org and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
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