Wish Jumpers are amazing individuals who volunteer to raise money AND jump out of a perfectly fine airplane all to support Make-A-Wish Northeast New York! This event would not be the success that it is if it weren’t for the Wish Jumpers’ hard work in collecting donations – over $200,000 raised between 2011 and 2018, and counting…Donations are used by our local chapter for granting wishes to kids and teens who have life-threatening medical conditions and who live in the 518 region.

LIZ CARTER – “I’ve never jumped out of a perfectly good airplane before but I’ve always wanted to! So why not do it for a good cause. I’m doing it to help raise money for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. My goal is to raise $1,000 and I would love your support helping with this adventure.”


MARYBETH DUELL ~ I am thrilled to be a Wish Jumper in honor of my son, my wish child, Marshall.  His experience with the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York was so amazing. Something that we will remember forever… I want to give back. I cannot wait to help provide another child in the 518 with a life-threatening illness, that same opportunity.”

NICOLE EMBT & EVAN CALMES ~ We are participating in the Wish Jump this year to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. I have been a volunteer for our local chapter for the past 5 years and have granted close to 15 wishes. My fiancé Evan is always supportive of my wish families and is connected to the heart and soul of the organization. Make-A-Wish is very special to us as it is an organization that allows children to have their one true wish granted and have happiness to conquer all. We are excited to jump this year to raise money for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, as we are always looking for ways to help the wish granting process and families who need a glimmer of hope. The power of a wish is incredible and we are honored to be a part of that.” 


TEAM GAWLAK (Ray & Courtney) ~ Courtney and I are  honored to be participating in the Wish Jump fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York for the second year as a team. This year we will be fundraising in honor of Haley Mcdonald who is a young girl that has defeated cancer at such a young age.  We wanted to honor Haley for this years jump because as a Wish Granter she was my very first wish child. Our fundraising goal this year is $10,000. FLY BABY FLY!” 

LAUREN O’BRIEN ~ “I am raising money for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York for the third summer in a row. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Lymphoma and after 2 years of treatments from Boston Childrens Hospital and Albany Medical Center I was declared cancer free! To celebrate this journey, I was granted a wish to go on a cruise with my family to Florida and the Bahamas. During my wish trip I got to feel like a true kid again and celebrate every moment of life with my family and newfound friends. I am still cancer free and a junior in college studying Elementary Education and Psychology in New Hampshire. I will be jumping alongside my Uncle Jim Ryan this year to help raise money for an organization that is so close to our hearts. I hope you can help me in raising my goal of $1,000 to sky dive in celebration of Make-A-Wish and all the amazing things they do for families!”

ANDI PARADIS Welcome to the first step in my journey to the 2018 ‘Wish Jump’, a campaign raising money for the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York that involves me jumping out of a perfectly good (and beautiful) airplane at 13,000′ in honor of children living with life-threatening illnesses. When I moved back to New York from college out West, I knew no one in the area beside my Mom and my Step-Dad. Through them, one of my first friends was the Sloan/White family. Justice White is a former Wish Kid, as she was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a liver and lung disease that was expected to take her life at the age of 4 years old. I met her when she was 14. Justice’s spirit, her thirst for life, and her relentless dedication towards helping others is contagious. She is outgoing, caring, humble, and giving. I have watched her, year after year, raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s ‘Believe Campaign,’ where Macy’s donates $1 for every ‘letter to Santa’ they receive. Justice has single-handedly raised over $500,000 for the organization through this campaign. At about $10,000 per wish, that’s wishes granted to 50 children with terminal illnesses. Her selflessness has inspired me to help raise money alongside her, however this time, it isn’t for letters to Santa. This time, it’s jumping out of an airplane. I’m an aviator. I fly planes. But, here I am, signing up to jump out of one in honor of children who just want the chance to feel like kids again, even if only for a day. My goal is to raise $1,200 for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.”

JIM RYAN ~ “I am jumping this year with my niece Lauren O’Brien who was diagnosed with Lymphoma in the summer of 2009. After two years of rigorous treatment including an extended stay at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Lauren got her wish, a cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. I am happy to say she is now cancer free and attending college. She is a true inspiration who has continued to “pay it forward” by participating in various fundraisers to fight cancer. Seeing what Lauren went through, the least I can do is jump out of an airplane at 13,500 feet, Please join me in reaching my goal of $1,000 to help wipe out cancer.”

TEAM MIRANDA (Jose & Joseline) ~ Since our daughter Jasmine was born, it has been a roller coaster with good times and bad times. Jasmine was born with Tricuspid Atresia and Transposition of the great vessels. She’s been through two open heart surgeries and a couple smaller procedures. Our daughter is being granted a wish and it’s a blessing. She has been through so much in the short amount of time in this world. Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is granting our princess a Disney trip! This is going to make her so happy and just have a stress free week. We want to help make a difference in another child’s life by raising money for the Wish Jump fundraiser to give back because this foundation is amazing and they truly make a difference in children’s lives. Our fundraising goal is $2,000.”

THE PIERCE TEAM (Zach, Emily, Abby, Sarah) “Last year my siblings and I decided to participate in the Make-A-Wish Wish Jump for the first time. It was exciting to raise money and be a part of such a cool fundraiser that pours back into our own community, granting local kids wishes. This year we’re back and even more excited to be part of this event.” ~ Emily Pierce

JUSTICE WHITE – “I have decided to participate in Wish Jump simply because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and for an amazing cause. Make-A-Wish has shown me how to live without walls. This organization has taken every problem life has given me and showed me that I can overcome each one of them. When I first heard of Wish Jump years ago, I knew that would be me one day I would be flying freely. I had my wish granted in 2005 and I understand the feeling of joy these children get when they get told their wish is about to come true. I have collected letters to Santa for years to help grant these wishes of children like me. Through the years I have granted about 7 wishes from participating in the Believe Campaign and I will continue to do anything to help granting.  To me, this jump symbolizes what I have fought so hard for, to be free. I want that child recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness to live their dream. Laugh, smile and love like any other child. I want them to see they are not alone and that so many people do things like this to help them through their journey. I want them to see that I was in that position my whole childhood, and all these years later I am strong and brave. I replaced my oxygen tubes, my fear, and my doubts with dreams, hope, and love. I’m privileged to get the opportunity to help grant more wishes. “

KATE TALHAM ~ This is my first jump and I couldn’t be more excited! Make-A-Wish Northeast NY helps so many kids that I thought what better way to help.  My goal is to raise $1000.  Money raised goes to local wish children with life-threatening illnesses.  Please help me reach my goal so that more kids can have some great Make-A-Wish experiences and memories with their families.”