Newsmakers to Feature: "Make-A-Wish"-Sunday, December 8, 2013


Experience the power of a wish on this Sunday's Newsmakers.  The monthly public affairs program is hosted by

Senior Producer Jayne Ann Bugda and the I-Team's Andy Mehalshick. 

The topic of this Sunday's program is the Make A Wish Foundation.

Bugda and Mehalshick will have as their guests Maggie O'Brien, the Regional Manager of Make-A-Wish and Tabetha Saylock- "Make A Wish Teen".  O'Brien will talk about the criteria for selection of  Wish Children, the need for volunteers and how wishes are granted. Saylock, a senior at Riverside High School, will talk about her recent Make A Wish trip to Disney World.  She will also talk about her senior project at school which raised funds for the Make a Wish program.  Newsmakers airs this Sunday, December 8th at 6:30 am on WYOU-TV and 11:30 am on WBRE-TV. 

Make-A-Wish Foundation Scranton Regional Office
 1327 Pittston Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505
1-800-440-9474 toll free | 570-341-9474

Make-A-Wish® is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona, a small group of people helped to make a very ill boy achieve his wish to be a state trooper for a day. Currently there are 62 chapters in the US and 36 international affiliates.
The local organization — Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia — was founded in May 1983 in Pittsburgh, PA. Its first wish child Bryan, a 7-year-old cancer patient, wanted to visit his favorite uncle in Texas for one of his famous piggy-back rides. Bryan lived for nearly six years after his wish was fulfilled. In grateful appreciation, his family made a gift that began our endowment program.
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia was once four chapters that began to operate jointly in January 2000, in November 2003, and again in September 2005. It includes 57 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania and 23 counties in southern West Virginia. The chapter is headquartered in Pittsburgh and has six regional offices in Charleston (WV), Erie, Pottsville, Punxsutawney, Scranton and York.
Make-A-Wish has grown steadily with the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers. Thirteen wishes were fulfilled in 1983. In fiscal year 2011, the chapter fulfilled 681 wishes. To date, more than 13,000 wishes have been fulfilled.
One of the most popular wishes is for a trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. Other popular wishes include computers, swimming pools, trips to Hawaii, shopping sprees and celebrity meetings.
The average cost of a wish is $3,900. This is based on the cost of a trip to the Walt Disney World® resort for a family of four spending seven days and six nights.
Make-A-Wish encourages the entire family to be part of the wish experience knowing that parents and siblings need magic just as much as the wish child. Travel wishes, though, are generally restricted to family living with the child.
Most of the funding for wishes, fundraising and administrative expenses comes from individuals. Other funding sources include corporations, foundations, schools, community organizations, churches, hospitals, estates, trusts and special events. Make-A-wish does not engage in any telemarketing or door-to-door solicitations.
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is administered by a 17 to 25 member Board of Directors and a professional staff.

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