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Jul 21, 2016

2016 Wish Wednesday at Elitch Gardens Theme Park

Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s Kids for Wish Kids program.

Kids for Wish Kids

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Make-A-Wish® Colorado was joined by Mountain Vista High School and their two feeder schools, Mountain Ridge Middle School and Bear Canyon Elementary School at Elitch Gardens Theme Park to celebrate the fundraising efforts of the Kids for Wish Kids® program and to highlight their record-breaking accomplishment. Between the three schools, they raised $93,000, the most money ever raised by a school participating in the Kids for Wish Kids program. This year, students from over 100 schools hosted fundraising events to help Make-A-Wish Colorado grant wishes and collectively raised more than $675,000.

Kids for Wish Kids

At Elitches, wish kids and their families attended the celebration, and we heard the impact a wish experience has on the lives of the child and their family. Wish recipient Abi shared her incredible story and how her wish changed the course of her life. Abi was 17 years old when her wish to go on a shopping spree was granted. She has always been captivated by technology and electronics, so when it came time for her shopping spree, no new gadget was left behind. Some of her most prized electronics she received that day were an iPad, which allowed her to connect with her friends and family while she was in treatment and her laptop which provided her with countless movies to pass the time in the hospital and new photography equipment. Now at age 21, Abi is still using her photography equipment and turned her passion into a career, she has started a photography business. “My life was brightened so much through the generosity and kindness of Make-A-Wish Colorado. My wish gave me a refreshing break from hospitals and doctors,” Abi shared.

Kids for Wish Kids

If you or someone you know would like to bring the Kids for Wish Kids program to a school near you, please email Lauren Beede.  

“Our daughter got to shine and be the center of positive, healthy attention for a whole week.”

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Our wish kids, families, volunteers and supporters have either witnessed or experienced first-hand the impact a wish can have on a child with a life-threatening medical condition, and have different experiences and memories associated with our organization. Read about the Make-A-Wish Colorado family here at the Wishful Thinking Blog!

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