Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio
If you could make a wish… what would it be?
That is the exact question the Make-A-Wish Foundation asks children with life threatening medical conditions. The Foundation not only asks the question, but delivers the magic: since its 1984 beginnings, the Ohio Foundation has granted over 6300 wishes to children all over Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Advantage RN’s donation supported Make-A-Wish’s annual Walk-A-Thon and more importantly paid for Tracey’s wish – a trip to Disney World. Five-year-old Tracey was three when he was diagnosed with Sickle Cell disease. At the age of four he endured a bone marrow transplant (compliments of his brother – a perfect match) to help battle the disease. The energetic, happy little boy got a brief reprieve from hospitals and doctor visits during his weeklong Disney World adventure with his family. Tracey is now in remission.
Tracey was this year’s honorary Wish Child at the Walk-A-Thon event that took place in Columbus on August 16, 2008. A good time was had by all participants who enjoyed the food, entertainment and the casual walk with Tracey and other Make-A-Wish donors and participants. All of us at Advantage RN wish Tracey and his family a lifetime of good fortune and health. (Return to our Living Our Mission webpage now.)
Matt Price (pictured on the right) welcomed Tracey (pictured second from right) and his brother LaShaun, mother Denise, his aunt and baby cousin, and Make-A-Wish Executive Director Tim McCarthy to a picnic lunch at Advantage RN’s headquarters in August.
Tracey (in the green shirt) and his family, along with Matt Price and some local Columbus newscasters, get ready to begin the Walk-A-Thon with 600 participants.