Olympic dreams come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation

Olympic dreams come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation

Olympic dreams come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation

Attending London 2012, for many, was a great day out away from the norm, for 53 children from various parts of the world, however, it was so much more.

For these children, it wasn’t just an unforgettable experience, but was a distraction from their painful treatment, a break from the hospital appointments, and a chance to spend precious family time while also creating some magical memories to last forever.

The children travelled from right across Europe, the US and Canada, and were here thanks to their Olympic dreams coming true thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Between them they saw 25 different sports, more than 113 events and many world records broken, including one for the charity itself. In the history of Make-A-Wish, there have never been as many requests for a singular event as there was for the Olympics.

16 year old Annie Clements, from Guildford, was one of six children from the UK who had her Olympic wish fulfilled. Diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure in 2010, Annie was donated a kidney by her Dad, Stephen, in July 2011. Her Mum, Katy, explained that the family didn’t get a summer last year, due to Annie being hospitalised after the transplant for five solid weeks, so this summer and the Olympic trip were extra special.

Joel Sheldon, seven, from Walsall also had his Olympic wish granted after being diagnosed with Medulloblastoma last year. His Mum, Louise Butler, said: “Joel chose to go to the Olympics because he would one day like to take part. He was fascinated with the Archery and now wants an archery set! Seeing him well enough to enjoy his wish was just amazing.”

Joanne Micklewright, Head of Wishgranting at Make-A-Wish Foundation UK said: “We are thrilled to have been able to grant so many wishes during the Olympic period. It’s been an unforgettable experience for Make-A-Wish and we hope that all the children and their families created some truly magical memories.”

There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and this year alone 1,400 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their wish granted. The charity needs to raise £6.8 million in 2012 and receives no government funding or lottery grants – so every donation really does count.

To make a donation to Make-A-Wish please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.

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