Make-A-Wish Foundation Helps Fulfill Dreams For Local Kids
● By Patrick John
Love and Wishes
By Patrick John
Helping children and their families is what the Make-A-Wish Foundation is all about. Every year, right around this time, dozens of volunteers, plus the staff of Results Radio’s five Redding radio stations, flood the Mt. Shasta Mall for two days to raise funds for local children battling life-threatening illnesses.
After over a decade of the Results Radiothon being broadcast live, the event has raised more than $1 million and granted hundreds of wishes through the local Make-A-Wish chapter. There have been wishes for trips to the Grammy Awards, Hawaii or Disneyworld. Children have asked for the opportunity to swim with dolphins, meet a favorite celebrity or professional athlete, and even to meet Barbie. If a child can dream it, they can wish for it, and a team of wish granters most often makes it happen.
The Make-A-Wish foundation started in 1980 as a local effort for a 7-year-old Arizona boy battling leukemia. Chris Greicius wanted to be a police officer for a day. Chris passed away days after receiving his badge, and a new movement was born. In less than three years, the national Make-A-Wish Foundation incorporated and quickly spread across the United States as local chapters opened.
As part of the on-air staff at Results Radio’s Q97, I’ve had a front-row seat for this event and been able to see the hope and joy these wishes bring to a Wish Kid and his or her family. A wish being granted does not mean the recipient’s illness is terminal; it simply means that they and family members have been facing a life-threatening illness. Sadly, some local Wish Kids have passed away, but many others have returned over the years to give back as volunteers themselves. Wishes are about hope, being a kid, having fun and getting a break for family time away from a crush of doctors, hospitals and procedures.
The 2017 Results Radiothon is March 16-17 from 6 am to 6 pm, and includes a large silent auction. To donate during the Radiothon, you may bid on auction items in person or call toll free, 1-844-371-9474 (WISH). Share in the power of a wish! •