MAKE-A-WISH® GREATER LOS ANGELES’ 9TH ANNUAL “WALK FOR WISHES”®
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
Pre-Register April 2-22 - $35; On-site - $40
WHAT: HELP US GRANT MORE WISHES FOR KIDS JUST LIKE NICOLE!
Diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the connective tissue, Nicole’s life was filled with hospital visits and physical discomfort. After visiting the Make-A-Wish lobby table at CHLA, Nicole wanted to get involved and become a volunteer. She learned she was too young to volunteer, but that she might qualify for a wish.
When the Make-A-Wish volunteer team visited Nicole, coming up with her wish was easy – she loved anything to do with cooking. As a fan of celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, her wish was to meet Giada and get some cooking tips from the TV chef herself.
On the day of her wish, Nicole and her family were escorted to the studio. After watching the behind-the-scenes activities, Nicole learned how to make a Valentine’s Day cake and chicken with a chocolate glaze.
Ever since her wish, Nicole’s happiness and confidence have increased. Memories of that special day still create positive feelings for her during difficult times, such as during medical treatments or when she is in pain. After meeting Giada, her love of cooking has only gotten stronger and she hopes one day to be a personal chef.
This life-changing experience has inspired Nicole to become an ambassador for the 9th annual Walk for Wishes and help raise funds for other kids’ wishes.
WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016 / 8:00 a.m. – Noon
8:00 a.m. Registration opens
8:30 a.m. Walk ceremonies begin
9:00 a.m. Walk commences
9:30 a.m. Wish Village opens; activities till 12:00 Noon
WHERE: Exposition Park / 700 Exposition Park Drive / Los Angeles, CA 90037
Parking is located at the entrance to the Los Angeles Coliseum off of Figueroa Street.
($15 cash only)
WHY: Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
• 89% of health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on children’s health.*
• Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses.*
• Parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.*
(*According to a 2011 U.S. wish impact study.)
Now in its 33rd year, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter has granted more than 9,000 wishes.