This past November, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona granted the chapter’s 4,000th wish to recipient Ceci Christianson. Christianson’s wish was to appear on a national morning news television program to educate the public about becoming a registered bone marrow donor, a program which saved her life. Ceci’s mission was a success. After appearing on the morning news program, the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Arizona began receiving inquiries from Valley residents about how to become a bone marrow donor.
Christianson has continued her charitable and fundraising efforts during 2012. In an effort to bring awareness to the Foundation’s mission to grant wishes to Arizona children battling life-threatening medical conditions, Christenson, along with many other Arizonans, are participating in the 2012 Walk for Wishes, presented by Go Daddy.
Go Daddy adopted Christianson’s wish as a part of its title sponsorship for the Season of Wishes campaign. The company will also be the presenting sponsor for this year’s Walk For Wishes.
“I’m so excited to be a part of the Go Daddy team and meet the individuals who helped make my dream come true,” Christianson says. “And by walking, I’m helping make another wish possible. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona has invited walkers and runners of all ages to participate in the event, which will take place on March 3rd in Tempe. Last year, Walk For Wishes raised $139,000, enabling the Foundation to grant fifteen wishes. This year, Make-A-Wish has set a fundraising goal of $165,000.
Because of a challenge grant from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Walk For Wishes participants will have the opportunity to double or even triple their donation. Donations between $500 and $999 will be doubled, and donations more than $1,000 will be tripled.
To register, please visit wishaz.kintera.org/2012walkforwishes.
The deadline for online registration is Feb. 28, 2012. Registration for the 5K Walk and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Kiwanis Park located at 6111 All America Way in Tempe.