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Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Grants Heather’s Wish Thanks to $1.25 Million Donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb


September 06, 2017


Los Angeles, California

Heather I wish to go to New York

Make-A- Wish® has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The seven-figure contribution will benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles and the other 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide. Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles has allocated a portion of the funds to granting a wish to 14-year-old Heather, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She experienced the transformational power of a wish when she was able to travel to New York City to see the hit play Hamilton with her family. 

“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Heather,” said Wendy Wood, Vice President, Mission Delivery. Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Heather’s wish was granted, bringing us one step closer to our vision to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”

“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

The million dollar donation 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. Visit to learn how to get involved with Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles and help make more wishes come true. 

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit 

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