Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina and NFL Team Up to Send Local Wish Kid to Super Bowl XLVII
Alex and his family will travel to New Orleans on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a weekend full of activities including a private stadium tour, a visit to the NFL Experience Driven by GMC and local site-seeing before they watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens faceoff in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.
“Alex is poised for an incredible weekend in New Orleans,” said Kristen Johnson, President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. “We know that wish experiences like these can have a tremendous impact on wish kids and their families.”
This year marks the 31st consecutive year that a wish kid will be present at the Super Bowl. For the wish kids who will be in attendance, attending the Super Bowl represents their one, heartfelt wish; however, the positive impact of a wish-come-true begins long before kickoff. Wish kids often say the anticipation of their wish helps them find strength to continue medical treatments and the memories of the experience itself serve as a constant source of hope and joy. The NFL, by continuously demonstrating support for Make-A-Wish, helps to make these long-lasting, impactful experiences possible.
Make-A-Wish, the NFL and Super Bowl wishes have a long history. In 1982, the NFL helped Make-A-Wish grant its first Super Bowl wish to a 12-year-old Arizona boy at Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Mich. Since then, every Super Bowl has been attended by at least one wish kid; more than 130 Super Bowl wishes have been fulfilled in the last 10 years alone.
Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Founded in 1986, the chapter serves all medically eligible children who reside in the 49 counties east of the Orange / Alamance county line. Our chapter operates solely through generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. With the help of more than 200 volunteers, including our Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has granted more than 2,500 wishes since its inception. More information is available on our chapter website www.eastnc.wish.org. You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/eastncwish) and Twitter (@MakeAWishEastNC).
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.