January 18, 2013
Rock for Wishes
Thank you for giving hope, strength and joy to Northeast Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions through your continued support of Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Wisconsin. We are so grateful to you for once again hosting the incredible Rock for Wishes all-ages concert with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. With your incredible leadership, the event has gained a lot of popularity and raised a record-breaking $10,053.00 in 2012! Through the support of compassionate donors like you, a wish come true will help hundreds of children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their medical conditions. We are thrilled to present you with these gold stars for your generous support in helping to make Beaumont’s, Frehley’s and Nicole’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 dark and challenging times. Last year alone, we granted a record-breaking 325 wishes, and now nearly 4,600 wish families can attest to the transformational power of a wish, resulting for many in a turning point in the fight against their children’s illnesses.
“One of the best things about Madison’s wish was seeing both of our kids so happy and full of excitement, like kids should be and feel,” said Madison’s parents after returning from her wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort. “It was as if time stood still. I wish I could have bottled their happiness.”
More than 400 Wisconsin children like Madison will be diagnosed this year with a life-threatening medical condition, and there are currently more than 260 wishes in progress throughout Wisconsin. Thanks to you, more children like these will discover the power of a wish. Alayah wishes to go to Sesame Street and Charles wishes to go to the NCAA Final Four Tournament. Rebecca wishes to meet Eminem while Ian wishes to meet Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward. George wishes to go to Hawaii and Marissa, Austin and Brinley wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort.
A wish improves a child’s state of mind replacing fear with happiness and helping him or her feel like a normal kid again. On behalf of wish families, 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.
Frehley is an outgoing nine-year-old girl from Menasha. When she started to complain of stomachaches, headaches and double vision last winter, her mother took her to the hospital where they discovered she had a brain tumor. Frehley underwent surgery to remove the tumor as well as 33 daily rounds of radiation. Despite all that she had to endure, Frehley did so with mature acceptance and a positive attitude.
Frehley enjoys doing arts and crafts projects in her spare time, playing with her guinea pig and being outside. She also loves to watch the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” television show starring her favorite actress, Selena Gomez. Make-A-Wish volunteers visited Frehley at her home to discuss what she would like her one true wish to be. She told them that she really wanted to meet Selena Gomez because she likes her personality and thinks she’s awesome.
An opportunity came up over the holidays for Frehley’s wish to come true.
Just before Thanksgiving, Frehley and her family were invited to travel to New York City for an interview on “Good Morning America” about Make-A-Wish. They were thrilled at the opportunity and left for New York within just a few days.
The interview with GMA was scheduled on their first day in New York City at the famous Serendipity restaurant. Frehley was enjoying an infamous frozen hot chocolate while interviewing with GMA about her upcoming wish when all of a sudden, Selena Gomez walked into the restaurant. Frehley was absolutely stunned and nearly shocked into silence when she met her idol that day. Selena ordered her own frozen treat and she and Frehley spent time talking mainly about the restaurant and, of course, clothes.
Frehley and her family spent more time in New York seeing the sights. They returned home with mementos of her wish experience. Selena gave Frehley an autographed picture on which she had written “You are beautiful. Never forget that!!” Frehley hung that picture directly over her bed so she could see it every day. That photograph serves as a daily reminder of the incredible wish Frehley experienced. Thank you for your generous support in helping us make Frehley’s one true wish come true. The experience gave her family a wonderful distraction from Frehley’s constant hospital visits and provided them with incredible, life-long memories that will give them all hope, strength and joy.