Trip Changes Life of Local Make-A-Wish® Teenager
MIAMI, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Every year more than 650 Southern Florida kids are diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions, and Make-A-Wish grants the most heartfelt wish of these children. These experiences provide hope and motivation while they endure long rounds of medical treatment. President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Norman Wedderburn said, “Corporate sponsors like Watertree Health make it possible for us to fulfill the wishes of as many eligible children as possible – they understand the power of the wish.”
A study conducted by Make-A-Wish found that the wish experience provides children with improved mental and emotional health, increased feelings of happiness and the opportunity to be a “normal” family again. Health care professionals said that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
Through an ongoing national program benefitting Make-A-Wish, Watertree Health sponsored its 100th wish to 18-year-old Stephanie in Florida, where the company’s headquarters are based. The wish is particularly significant for the company because it marks their million-dollar donation milestone.
After Stephanie was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, she wished to see the world. A Mediterranean family cruise was ideal for providing Stephanie with the opportunity to experience different sites and cultures alongside those who matter most to her.
Stephanie exclaimed, “When I saw the Trevi Fountain, I cried from happiness. It was a once in a lifetime trip that I will always remember and be grateful for. Thank you.”
Shane Power, President of Watertree Health said, “We are so happy we could help grant Stephanie’s wish and share her family’s joy. It has been humbling to be able to sponsor the wishes of 100 children, and we are grateful for our alliance with Make-A-Wish. Our aim is to grant 100 wishes in the next year alone. A big goal, but one we believe we can achieve given the support of this program.”
To get a prescription discount card benefitting Make-A-Wish, go to http://www.WatertreeHealthCard.com/wish or text WISH to 95577. For more information about Make-A-Wish, go to wish.org. Visit http://wtree.us/maw to learn more about Watertree Health’s alliance with Make-A-Wish.
About Make-A-Wish Southern Florida
To help Share the Power of a Wish®, call Make-A-Wish at 954-967-WISH or log on to www.sfla.wish.org.
About Watertree Health
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