TAMPA-Kids Wish Network, an Oldsmar based charity that grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, will be granting the wishes of four local kids thanks to the generous donation of Verizon Wireless, Tampa. The communications giant recently sent the charity a check in the amount of $5000 so that it could fulfill the wishes of some local children. Like many non-profit foundations, Kids Wish Network was hit hard by the events of September 11, 2001 and began reaching out to corporations in the community for support; Verizon readily came to the rescue.
Because of its efforts, four-year-old Mark from Largo, diagnosed with stage 3 Wilm’s tumor, a form of kidney cancer, will be getting his wish of a Disney Cruise. And after suffering from end-stage renal disease and undergoing a kidney transplant, Tasha, age 17 from Seminole, will get to realize her dream of a shopping spree. Likewise, Chris, an 11-year-old from Ocala, who has been battling Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, will be on his way to Orlando for his wish trip to Disney World. And seven-year-old Anthony from Orlando is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new computer that will allow him to communicate, despite the two brain tumors that have robbed him of the ability to speak. All of these wishes were made possible because of Kids Wish Network and Verizon Wireless.
“As a company that has always been concerned with the community and its issues, we are always happy to become involved in endeavors and with organizations that reach out to people,” said Chuck Hamby of Verizon Wireless, Tampa. “Kids Wish Network does that, and so much more.”
All combined, the total value of all of these wishes is well over $12,000. However, Kids Wish Network reaches out to the community to stretch every donated dollar, and because of its tireless efforts was able to fulfill all of these wishes with the generous donation from Verizon Wireless. Besides going the extra mile to get things sponsored completely, Kids Wish Network also strives on its other differences. It provides funeral assistance to its wish families; it has a Guardian Angel fund, wherein 100% of all proceeds go to granting wishes; and it operates out of one central office to keep overhead costs down so that more money can go to wishes.
“We don’t just simply write a check for the cost of a wish,” said Shelley Breiner, Executive Director of Kids Wish Network. “We work very hard to stretch every penny, allowing us to maximize each donation and give more to the “wish kids.”
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.
If there are any other corporations that would like to sponsor a wish or become involved, please contact Shelley Breiner.