Travelers are invited to help children battling critical illnesses take flight by donating their miles, points and dollars
PHOENIX (Aug. 1, 2019) – Today, Make-A-Wish® kicks off Trips That Transform, a monthlong celebration of the approximately 12,000 wishes for children battling critical illnesses in the U.S. and it’s territories each year that involve travel and the donors that make them possible.
Life-changing wishes like 6-year-old Maksim’s wish to go to Hawaii, which led to an unforgettable week spent relaxing on the beach, searching the shore for shark teeth and, most importantly, quality time for his family to simply focus on each other.
“Maksim’s wish was a chance to pause life’s responsibilities and focus on fun and family,” Maksim’s parents said. “Being granted time away like this brought tears to our eyes.”
With 75 percent of wishes requiring air travel, Make-A-Wish needs almost 3 billion airline miles and points to fulfill travel wishes for children battling critical illnesses each year.
“Right now, we are only able to grant wishes for one out of every two eligible children,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Travel wishes are waiting – and their fulfillment is dependent on the ongoing generosity of individual and corporate donors who contribute their unused airline miles, expiring travel points and dollars.”
Once donated to Make-A-Wish, airline miles and points never expire, and each goes on to help wish kids and their families take flight to destinations around the world. Travelers can donate airline miles and points from American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue, today, at wish.org/travel.
Throughout August, Make-A-Wish will also celebrate the generous national travel sponsors who help make impactful wishes possible. Sponsors like Allegiant Air, Airbnb, Avis and many others, whose contributions of mission-critical resources allow wish kids and their families the much-needed escape from the reality of battling a critical illness.
“Travel wishes are more than a trip, they are often an important component of a wish kid’s treatment plan,” continued Davis. “We are extremely grateful for all of our national travel partners, which each play a vital role in giving children a world of hope when they need it most through transformational wish trips.”
To learn more about how a wish come true can impact the lives of everyone involved and enable future wishes, follow Make-A-Wish and #TripsThatTransform on Instagram and donate airline miles and points at wish.org/travel.
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. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and nearly 40,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 315,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,600 in 2018 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.