On October 12, the Make-A-Wish Foundation held its fundraiser, the Walk and Run for Wishes 5K, in Champaign. Because of the turnout and support the event had, it is safe to say that this will not be a one-time event.
The 5K raised more than $28,000 for the foundation, beating the goal of $25,000. The money raised will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation in their mission of making the dreams of children with terminal illnesses come true. This year alone, the foundation will grant 700 wishes to children living in Illinois.
The 5K was not only attended by those donating to the cause; children granted their wishes by the foundation and their families were also in the crowd that gathered in Zahnd Park. Janet Glavin, the community relations manager at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said that “the mix of wish receivers and those who donated truly supported the foundation and what it does.”
For those who were not able to attend the 5K but would still like to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, there are still plenty of opportunities. Donations can be made at any time through the foundation’s website. Additionally, the Chi Omega fraternity, which raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its national philanthropy, holds a variety show every spring. The University also has an organization called Wishmakers that sponsors different events throughout the year that support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation welcomes any type of support because it allows them to carry on their mission of helping children achieve their dreams.