6th Annual GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest To Raise Funds For Make-A-Wish
Charlotte, NC – The sixth annual GUTS pumpkin carving contest will be held on Friday, October 24 and will benefit Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. What began as an internal team building event at CRAFTED has grown into a community-wide event, attracting the finest creative talent in the area and support from generous sponsors. The primary goal of this event is to unify the creative community in support of the kids who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.
GUTS will be held at the NC Music Factory from 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24. Funds are raised through the carver's registration fees, the silent auction at the event, food, drink and merchandise sold at the event, and online donations. Wish kid Mae will also be in attendance to share her story and to carve her very own pumpkin for the silent auction.
Nine-year-old Mae has endured more than most people five times her age. She was born in China with a rare blood disease called Beta Thalassemia Major, a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin. Mae was adopted four years ago by her parents Robin and Bryan, who knew they were getting a young girl with special needs. They have tirelessly worked to find her a bone marrow transplant, the only thing that would stop her from getting painful blood transfusions. To date, Mae has gone through over 80 transfusions and has spent over 300 days in the hospital.
Mae’s wish to meet the Disney princesses was granted in 2013 and has had a pronounced effect on her life. She and her parents were able to spend a week at Disney World®, forgetting about her illness and just being a family again.
A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses. For their doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better, emotionally and even physically.