Make-A-Wish America has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer. The seven-figure contribution coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better.
The generous donation will be split into grants of $1,000,000 and $250,000 – both of which will benefit Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the U.S. and its territories. The million dollar grant will specifically be used to grant wishes for 100 wish kids with cancer. The second grant will fund medical outreach efforts to educate potential referral sources in the medical field such as doctors, nurses and social workers on the importance of a wish. Through these efforts, Make-A-Wish can reach more potentially eligible children to bring them the powerful benefits of a wish.
“We can only get closer to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child through the support of donors and corporate sponsors like Bristol-Myers Squibb," said David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. "With the grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, we can allow more children to experience the hope and positivity that result from a wish-come-true.”
“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”
As a non-profit receiving no government funding, Make-A-Wish relies on the support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, combined with the efforts of other corporate sponsors and individual donors, to make wish granting possible. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit wish.org.
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
About Bristol-Myers Squibb
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