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Athlete Partners With Huntersville-Area Teen To Grant Wish


May 29, 2013


Charlotte, NC

Hannah Cutlip recently celebrated a very special birthday. In lieu of receiving elaborate gifts for her Sweet 16, Hannah requested party-guests make donations to Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina. Chicago Bears linebacker, James Anderson, agreed to match the gifts she received – dollar for dollar. 

Along with James’ generous contribution, the donations collected from Hannah’s party will grant the wish of 8-year-old Arriana, a local child who suffers from Large B-Cell Lymphoma. In July, Arriana will leave medical treatments and hospital visits behind to enjoy carefree, sunny days on a Caribbean Cruise with her family.

On Thursday, May 30th, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will host an intimate meet & greet to celebrate Hannah and James’ accomplishment of raising $6,000 to grant a local child’s wish through the Adopt-A-Wish® Program at Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina. The afternoon will include a Wish Child Reveal in which Hannah and James will meet the child whose wish they adopted, for the first time. The Wish Family will speak about the upcoming wish experience and the positive impact the fundraising project has had on them.

Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with more than 62 chapters in the United States and its territories and 27 international affiliates on five continents. Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina serves 51 counties in North Carolina from Burlington (Alamance County) to the west. The chapter has granted more than 3,000 wishes since its inception in 1985 and has never turned down a wish for an eligible child. For more information, please visit or call 1-877-677-WISH.

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Charlotte, NC  28203

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