“You see a child before they go on their wish, and when they come back with their family after the wish. It’s often like seeing a totally different child.” - Dr. Philip Thrush, M.D., Pediatric Cardiology, Lurie Children’s Hospital
In 2009, I became a volunteer Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. Through the process of granting my first wish to a young boy with several different critical illnesses, I witnessed the power of a wish first hand. I saw the positive impact the wish experience brought to this little boy and his family. There is a true healing power, physically and emotionally, when a wish child is given an opportunity to imagine their greatest wish and then have it come true.
It was then that I decided I wanted to organize a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish NENY, but I knew I wanted to do something different, something with a little more excitement and adrenaline than a bake sale. In 2011, the very first Wish Jump was held with 9 Wish Jumpers and we raised a little over $8,000. Since that time, Wish Jump has raised over $300,000 for the local chapter through the fundraising efforts of over 100 Wish Jumpers who have participated since 2011. The average wish costs approximately $11,000. Dozens of wishes have been funded in whole or in part by the money raised from Wish Jump and it would not be possible without the support of our donors who also believe in the power of a wish. I am grateful beyond measure for the support over the years from every single donor, and for the hard work of every single Wish Jumper that has contributed by not only raising money but also for jumping out of a perfectly fine airplane!
Now, as we prepare for Wish Jump 2022 on July 16th, I hope you'll help us reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 to help Make-A-Wish Northeast New York continue granting unique, truly heartfelt wishes that are as unique as every wish child. Wishes come true because of you!
This ain't no bake sale, baby!