Nine-year-old John Van Kemp is leaving his home town of Summerfield for the trip of his dreams. He and his family will depart on a 7-night Royal Caribbean cruise to explore Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico before returning back home. Generous donations, including a $10,000 grant received from the Weaver Foundation, supports the wishes of local children, just like John’s. Diagnosed with Leukemia in April 2012, John’s childhood has become a whirlwind of doctor’s appointments and treatments. Normally a shy and reserved child, John immediately lit up when describing his wish to take a cruise for the first time.
Dr. Tom McLean, a pediatric oncologist at Brenner Children’s Hospital and a long-standing advocate of Make-A-Wish considers a wish as a vital part of his patient’s treatment. “A wish is uplifting, morale-boosting, and life-enhancing. It comes in four important parts: the fun of making a wish, the anticipation of its fulfillment, the wish experience itself, and the life-long memories. I have had many patients and families tell me that their Make-A-Wish experience was the most meaningful aspect of their cancer journey.”
For more information, please contact Stephanie Leeper at (704) 339-0334, x226, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Weaver Foundation was founded in 1967, with the purpose of supporting causes and activities that benefit the Greater Greensboro Area. These include supporting community improvement, educational development, helping the disadvantaged and advancing human and civil rights. Current focus areas for the foundation include programs for children and youth, environmental protection and economic development. This is the first time that the Weaver Foundation is supporting the Make-A-Wish mission.
Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1985, more than 3,000 local children have experienced a wish come true. For more information visit: www.nc.wish.org.