The wish-granting community of South Carolina has a special day to look forward to. The S.C. Office of the Governor has issued a proclamation naming April 27, 2019 as "Make-A-Wish® South Carolina Day". To celebrate, the chapter will gather with volunteers and wish families at The Nickelodeon in Columbia, S.C. on the 27th.
The gathering also serves as the chapter’s celebration for two other big events – the chapter’s 35th anniversary kick-off and World Wish Day®. World Wish Day - celebrated internationally on April 29 – is the 39th anniversary of the wish for then-7-year-old Chris Greicius that inspired the founding of the organization. World Wish Day celebrates the hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes that have been granted – and the thousands of wishes still to come.
The South Carolina chapter of Make-A-Wish was founded in 1984 and has since, together with a community of volunteers and donors, granted over 3,000 wishes. The milestone anniversary is the result of remarkable dedication by the community of South Carolina to help children in our neighborhoods who battle critical illnesses realize the strength and hope of a wish come true.
April 27th will be a day of joy for wish families, volunteers and staff as they come together to announce the proclamation, enjoy a volunteer educational retreat, name the S.C. Volunteer of the Year, enjoy a magic show, and a movie screening.
World Wish Day helps showcase that “Where there’s a wish, there’s a way.” It allows wish alumni – young and old – to come together and share stories of the wishes that gave them the strength to fight their illness and transform their lives.
“Children who receive a wish replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope – a powerful combination that helps wish kids look beyond the challenges of today toward the possibilities of tomorrow,” said Crystal Alifanow, Make-A-Wish South Carolina Director of Communications. “More often than not, the wish can help give kids the strength to fight, to get better – to grow up. We are grateful to the South Carolina community for understanding and embracing the power of a wish come true. We look forward to the next 35 years of wish granting together.”
Make-A-Wish South Carolina would like to thank these vendors for donating their time, talent and services to the celebration: The Nickelodeon, Mike Hines, the magician John Tudor, balloon artist Skipper the Clown, and the University of South Carolina Chi Omega sorority who will be providing face painting for the kids.
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Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 207 wishes last year, averaging to a wish every forty-eight hours. The chapter receives funding through private donations, individuals, companies and special events. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit sc.wish.org and discover ways you can help make wishes come true.