Through your beautiful generosity last year, we were able to create the wish of a lifetime in memory of my husband Michael Matinale. Nathan is a courageous 7-year-old boy from Queens who is bravely battling leukemia and wished to go on a cruise to the Bahamas with his family. It was a wonderful gift for all of us to share together just as we share our love for Mikey. Our boy loved to cruise!
This year, please join me and the Make-A-Wish Metro New York chapter to fulfill another life-affirming Wish in Michael’s memory. I hope that you also feel his presence with us as we grant another wish together. We all know that he was such a big kid who loved family, friends and fun. He is definitely enjoying this annual tribute gift in his name. As he loved to say “It’s a beautiful thing!”
In the midst of this worldwide health crisis, families in our community are still receiving the devastating news that their child has been diagnosed with a critical illness. COVID-19 presents new health risks, as well as an added sense of isolation and vulnerability for wish kids and their families. Many wishes to travel or gather in person are currently on pause, however, the number of eligible children is growing every day. Despite the limits of the pandemic, there are no limits to a child’s imagination to determine the right wish at the right time. Together we will sponsor another special wish for a deserving child.
Bringing hope now is so important because a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness. A wish brings hope, joy, and a caring community to kids when they need it most. A wish gives a child confidence and creates an opportunity for them to experience life beyond illness. Research shows that the promise of a wish being fulfilled can help children build physical and emotional strength, improving their quality of life and giving them a better chance of recovering. Make-A-Wish hears every day from kids who view their wish as a turning point and a celebration of their resilience and strength.
Please use the link above to make a donation by November 28th which was Mikey’s birthday date. If you prefer you can use the link on the left to make a donation by mail. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and 74% of each dollar Make-A-Wish Metro New York spends goes towards program services. Please don’t forget that if your company has a matching gift opportunity for charitable donations, you may also submit your match request to your employer requesting that their match is sent to: Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York 500 Fifth Ave. 29th floor, New York, NY (Federal Tax ID # 11-2645641). I will also be sending cards to everyone with return envelopes if you prefer to donate through the mail to Make-A-Wish.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to creating this 2020 Wish, in memory of Michael, together with all of you.
Thank you all for your love and support!
p.s. enjoy the Hawaii photos, Mahalo! (Thank you!)