As part of Accomplish Minnesota, we’ve held Wishes in Flight phone drives, where viewers have donated miles to help make kids’ dreams come true, and we’ve helped facilitate others, like when we built a treehouse on the ‘CCO rooftop. But on Monday, WCCO got to grant a wish.
Any child who has had chemotherapy gets to make a wish with Make-A-Wish Minnesota. There are so many ways to get involved and help make these wishes a reality, and one includes a commitment of only a few hours.
Kendall Emfield throws a lot of parties for a 16-year-old, but these aren’t your typical teenage get-togethers. “It’s very social because it’s not something you have to concentrate too hard on,” Kendall said. “We’ll have 15 people over and they kind of come and go throughout the day.”
Airline miles donated by WCCO viewers are bringing a smile to the face of a 5-year-old New Richland boy. Isaiah is on his way to Disney World this morning thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wishes in Flight” drive.
WCCO viewers raised about 12 million total airline miles during during Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wishes in Flight” drive in February.
All day Wednesday, WCCO will be sharing the stories of Minnesota kids that Make-A-Wish Minnesota helps. WCCO is trying to raise 20 million airline miles for these kids, to help their wish come true. With the help of our viewers we can send kids like Noah on the trip of a lifetime.
WCCO teamed up with Make-A-Wish Minnesota last March to accomplish something big. Through your generosity, over 18 million airline miles were raised to grant the wishes of local kids. One of those kids was Noah, a teenager from Rochester.
Thursday’s snow was the perfect complement to a Farmington teen’s dream come true. Nick Kraml, 14, is battling a cancer so rare that his mom says only three patients have been seen with it at Children’s Hospital. He’s been responding to treatments though, and was well enough to show up at Canterbury Park’s Snocross track in Shakopee.
It’s a wish that was weeks in the making. A little boy named Kaleb wanted a clubhouse like the one in his favorite movie, “The Sandlot.” So WCCO teamed up with Make-A-Wish Minnesota to make his dream a reality.
Your generosity is already helping kids’ dreams come true. Earlier this year, you helped us raise 18 million airline miles for Make-A-Wish Minnesota.
WCCO viewers raised over 85 percent of the total airline miles donated nationwide during Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wishes in Flight” drive in April. According to Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s development director, the organization raised 21 million miles nationally during the drive, and 18 million of those came directly from viewers of WCCO.
Thanks to our WCCO viewers and listeners, Tuesday’s Accomplish MN Make-a-Wish drive turned out to be a huge success. Our goal was to raise 10 million airline miles for Make-a-Wish Minnesota through your donations. Those miles would help get kids to their dream destination.
Meet Kyra. She’s a bubbly 9-year old girl from Apple Valley, with one exception. “Kyra has cystic fibrosis,” said Mark, her dad. “She was diagnosed at 3 months.”