Wish Jumpers are local individuals who will spend the next few months raising money for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, and then on July 26, 2014 they will go skydiving together at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures in Gansevoort, New York. Why skydiving? Wish children and teens face tremendous fears each day as they live with life-threatening medical conditions, often in ways that show courage far beyond their years. In recognition of that courage, Wish Jumpers feel that the least they could do is face their fears for one day.
“I am SO excited to be launching into Wish Jump 2014! As a volunteer Wish Granter, I know first hand just how meaningful and powerful the wish experience is for our wish kids. And it truly is a wish ‘experience’. The volunteers and staff at Make-A-Wish NENY put a lot of work into making sure each wish is unique, personal, and FUN – the very things that kids coping with life-threatening illnesses need! I hope you’ll consider helping me reach my fundraising goal of $2,000. Wishes come true because of you!”
“This year will be my first time participating in the Make-A-Wish NENY Wish Jump, now that I am finally 18. In August of 2012, two weeks before I started my senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. After a long and hard road of treatment I was so lucky to meet Dena DeLude, my wish granter. On May 1st 2013, Dena revealed to me that she had made it possible for my wildest dreams to come true – to meet Dave Matthews. Three long weeks later, Memorial Day weekend, I found myself at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) with my parents, my younger brother and of course my lovely Dena, awaiting Head of Dave Matthews’ Security at will call. Meeting Dave Matthews is a memory I will never ever forget and is something that I will always be eternally grateful for. This year, I would like to jump in honor of my wish granter, Dena DeLude, as a way to give back and say thank you for not only making my wish come true but for making so many other children’s wishes come true and many more to come. My fundraising goal this year is $1,000.”
“I have chosen to participate in Wish Jump because I want to be able to make a difference is not only my life, but of another families life. Every day, I watch children for 8-9 hours a day and when they depart with their parents, I always have children run back and give me a hug. Or a small wave in the window. I have learned that just by spending time with children, I impact their lives. I would like to make that impact larger by changing a child’s life for the better. This year, I would like to jump in honor of a childhood friends son, Logan, who was just recently diagnosed with Leukemia AML. My fundraising goal is $3,000 dollars.”
This will be my first Wish Jump and I couldn’t be more excited. When I first heard about Wish Jump I thought it was not only a fun idea, but a great way to help out local families and children who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Raising money and jumping out of an airplane is the least I can do to help! My fundraising goal this year is $1,000.
“For as long as I can remember, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has inspired me to do more. In this case, the Make-A-Wish has inspired me to do something I have always wanted to do. I am grateful for the opportunity to achieve one of my personal goals in a way that also helps grant wishes for children. Skydiving is a reminder that anything is possible. I’m hopeful that me being a part of this helps remind kids that any wish can come true.”
“As the father of a 2012 Make-A-Wish NENY recipient, I have seen the complete and total impact of this foundation first hand. Words can’t even begin to express my own personal gratitude. No one expects to see their child ill but when it happens, it is this type of organization that make a lasting difference at a very stressful time of life. The everlasting memories it made for my son and family have been immense. I could not have ever provided anything comparable to what the Make-A-Wish foundation was able to do for my family. This is why I want to “jump” at the chance to give back. I am currently a student skydiver. I started last year about the same time Wish Jump 2013 was concluding. Needless to say, I have been waiting patiently all winter to help make this one of the best years for the Wish Jump fundraiser.”
WILLIAM TRIGG, III, PhD, CEO MAKE-A-WISH NORTHEAST NEW YORK
HEIDI SKELLIE, Volunteer Wish Granter
DENA DELUDE, Volunteer Wish Granter
ERIC STEWART, Taylor Freezer Albany
JULIE ADLER, Volunteer Wish Granter
More profiles will be added as Wish Jumpers sign up. If you are interested in becoming a Wish Jumper, please contact Mary Kenney at email@example.com.