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Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee Grants Dylan’s Wish Thanks to $1.26 Million Donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb
PHOENIX (March 18, 2018) – Make-A-Wish® has received a $1.26 million donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company with the purpose of granting more wishes for children with cancer. A portion of the funds will be used to grant the wish of Dylan, a 14 year old with cancer. Dylan will have his wish granted to “go to Hawaii.”
Dylan’s one true desire was to swim with dolphins and he was very interested in seeing the beautiful landscape of Hawaii. He couldn’t wait to see an island made of volcanoes and take in its beauty. Seeing the ocean for the very first time and taking in its enormity from a surf board was better than he could have ever imagined! The Dole Plantation was another Hawaiian specialty on his bucket list. Dylan said during his wish planning, “The island of Oahu offers everything I want in my dream vacation!” Although his wish list included many things that he wanted to do, he also wanted something special for his parents. He said, “My parents have worked and stressed very hard since cancer and I would love to let them have some time to relax.”
“Wishes for kids like Dylan would not be possible without supporters like Bristol-Myers Squibb,” said Stephanie Wilkins, Director of Development of the Make-A-Wish East Tennessee Chapter. “Support for wish granting is crucial because new research shows that kids who have a wish granted replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.”
“Make-A-Wish understands that hope plays a crucial role in the treatment of childhood cancer,” said Adam Lenkowsky, head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We continue to be inspired by Make-A-Wish’s incredible passion and dedication, and are proud to help support families throughout their cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
The impact of the seven-figure contribution from Bristol-Myers Squibb will be felt at Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the country. The donation will specifically be used to grant wishes for kids like Dylan who have cancer – the most common critical illness for wish kids.
This is the second consecutive year that Bristol-Myers Squibb has helped Make-A-Wish grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, totaling $2.6 million in support.
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