January 17, 2012
Rock for Wishes
Thank you for helping give Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions hope, strength and joy. We are so grateful for your ongoing support of Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Wisconsin through your annual Rock for Wishes fundraising event. It is such an exciting all ages concert event! We are thrilled to present you with gold stars for your generous support in helping to make Quenten’s, Jacob’s and Mara’s wishes come true.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin has been working with caring individuals like you, businesses and community groups all over the state since 1984 to help children and their families during one of the most challenging times of life. More than 4,200 wish families have experienced the power of a wish, resulting for many in a turning point in their fight against their illnesses.
“The wish was the light at the end of the tunnel,” said wish child Andrew’s mom after his wish to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas. “It gave us hope and a distraction to help time pass quicker. Wishes really do come true!”
More than 400 Wisconsin children like Andrew will be diagnosed this year with a life-threatening medical condition, and there are currently more than 250 wishes in progress throughout Wisconsin. Thanks to you, more children like these will discover the power of a wish come true. Edward wishes to go to the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training, while Kalyn wishes to go to Nickelodeon Resort. Tyler wishes to meet Aaron Rodgers and Colin wishes to go to Sesame Street. Megan wishes to have a service dog and Bryce, Joseph and Nora wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort.
A wish improves a child’s state of mind replacing fear with happiness and helping he or she feel like a normal kid again. “Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude,” said Avery’s mom after Avery’s wish to have a fairy playroom came true. “Her wish is more than we could have ever imagined!” On behalf of wish families like Avery’s, our Board of Directors and Staff of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, we thank YOU for your heartfelt commitment to the Make-A-Wish® mission.
Jacob is four-years-old. His favorite color is blue and he loves to bowl, golf, watch Mickey Mouse movies and play Nintendo video games. Sadly, Jacob was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is undergoing intense chemotherapy treatment. Despite his diagnosis, and subsequent minor hearing loss, Jacob is a very determined little boy. He is determined to have as much fun as he can every chance he gets! Jacob’s wish was to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, and thanks to your generosity, we were recently able to make his wish come true!
Jacob and his family rode to the airport in a limousine and flew to Orlando, Florida. Upon arrival they checked into their own private villa at Give Kids The World Village. This village is designed especially for wish families with wonderful things to do, touch, taste and see everywhere you look! Jacob was able to take advantage of the heated swimming pools, giant movie theater, ice cream parlor and miniature golf course. Disney characters even made special trips out to the Village each day!
Give Kids The World Village is so incredible that families often find it difficult to leave and experience the Disney parks. Jacob and his family discovered all the magic of Disney as they explored Magic Kingdom®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park, Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios™. We even arranged for Jacob to have a special breakfast at Chef Mickey’s where he could get autographs and pictures of his favorite characters. It was even more special when Mickey himself came over to give him a special cupcake and then spent the rest of Jacob’s meal hanging out with him.
When we asked Jacob what his favorite part of the trip was, he responded with “MICKEYYYY!!!” Jacob’s wish was truly a wonderful experience and he and his family returned from Orlando with photos, souvenirs and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for helping to make Jacob’s life-affirming wish come true!