CHARLOTTE, NC - The bright yellow color and Charleston style look are the first things that captivate your attention as you near the Wishing Place at 217 E. Tremont Ave. With its three tiers of porches and a gable end along the street, it is as if this fairytale Southern castle simply rose from the ground in the heart of South End. In a way it did, in order to become the perfect place for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina to call their own, and a place where wishes can call home.
Each year, Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina provides life-changing wishes to nearly 400 children in the 51 NC counties it serves, ages 2 and a half to 17, who are facing critical and life-threatening illnesses.
Begun in Greensboro in 1985, and operating since 1997 in Charlotte, staff members and volunteers have often met with children in their homes and hospital rooms. Now children can be brought to the Wishing Place, which is designed to help them imagine a life beyond hospital stays and medical treatment.
"We pick up where science and medicine leave off," said Amy E. Brindley, Chapter President and CEO. "This is a game changer for us. This will allow us not only to stimulate a child’s imagination, but to also engage the community."
On January 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina opened its doors to the "Wishing Place," a 5,800 sq.-foot Southern charmer, and the permanent headquarters of the Central and Western North Carolina chapter of the organization.
On the Wishing Place’s first floor is the Wish Room sponsored by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his foundation. This is the unforgettable place where children will now start their wish journey and declare their wish.
The celebration will began with a brief ceremony where 16-year-old wish child Cainan Yaskiewicz will share his experience of meeting Dale Earnhardt Jr., in 2013 as he battled leukemia, and moments in recognition of generous lead donors who made the Wishing Place a reality: The Dale Jr. Foundation, Denard Enterprises, Albemarle Foundation and The Leon Levine Foundation, Sandra and Leon Levine, along with in-kind donors: Commercial Works, Shumaker, Boss Design, Home Technology Solutions, Jeld-Wen, Roby Family of Companies, Signs Now Uptown, Matthews Mobile Media, Mekki Modular and Shutterfly.
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek 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 their illness. 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 4,720 wishes since its inception in 1985, and will grant nearly 400 in 2019 alone. For more information, visit nc.wish.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.