Make-A-Wish Arizona collected more than $315,000 toward future Arizona wishes at the 2017 Phoenix Walk for Wishes on Oct. 15. With the average cash cost of a wish approximately $5,000, the money raised will go toward granting more than 62 Arizona wishes.
More than 2,500 people attended the walk at Tempe Marketplace. The event also featured a special wish reveal for wish kid Zach, 11, who wished to go to the Formula One race in Texas this month. Zach was surprised to find out he would be leaving for his wish so soon.
“The walk has become a signature event for our chapter, allowing our supporters to mingle with our wish kids and their families as they too commit to raising money for other wish kids,” says Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the international organization. “Our supporters love to see kids like Zach who are dealing with critical illnesses, find immediate joy when they figure out their wish is coming true. It’s an incredible experience for everyone involved.”
Blue Bunny Ice Cream was the presenting sponsor for the walk. The Walk for Wishes website will stay open for fundraising for two weeks post walk for additional donations.
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