Last year, Make-A-Wish Arizona granted wishes for more than 250 children throughout the state of Arizona. Currently, 417 eligible Arizonan children are waiting to have their wishes granted. Therefore, Make-A-Wish Arizona has created a “Summer of Wishes” campaign with the goal of providing 280 wishes by Aug. 31, 2012. The average cost to fulfill a wish is $7,500 and with the $50,000 donation from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, the D-backs will help fulfill the wishes of nearly seven children.
Make-A-Wish Arizona does not deny wishes to eligible children, and with a 50 percent increase in eligible wish referrals since 2008, it now takes an average of 19 months for a wish to be granted. The goal is to reduce the time to six to nine months and therefore additional funding is needed in order to grant wishes in a timely manner because when a child has a life-threatening medical condition, time is of the essence.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of Arizona children who 1) have been diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy; 2) are older than 2½ and younger than 18 at the time of referral; and 3) haven’t received a previous wish from a wish-granting organization. Its geographic boundary for service delivery is the state of Arizona and more than 60 percent of the Foundation’s wish kids reside in Maricopa County.
A wish come true empowers children to fight harder against their illnesses. During the wish experience hope suppresses fear, strength supplants submission, and joy replaces despair. Throughout the team’s 14-year history, the D-backs have fulfilled several wishes for Arizona youth including special experiences at Chase Field, enjoying a D-backs game and meeting D-backs legends such as Luis Gonzalez.
Make-A-Wish Arizona is the third announced recipient of five to receive the Grand Slam Award. Other recipients include A.T. Still University ($50,000), which funded a D-backs themed dental suite, and Kitchen on the Street ($100,000), which funded a mobile kitchen. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation established the Grand Slam Awards in 2002 to make a larger impact on community organizations by providing a grant for up to $100,000. The grants are made possible by fundraising efforts by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.
About Make-A-Wish Arizona
Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the world’s largest wish granting organization, grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors, Make-A-Wish Arizona grants almost 300 wishes annually. The chapter granted its 4,000th wish in December 2011. The average cost of a wish is $7,500. For more information, visit wishaz.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.