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Sep 13, 2017

Walk For Wishes Raises $125K for Make-A-Wish Metro New York

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The brisk cool air of dawn gave way to beautiful skies, sunshine and warmth at Sunday morning's Walk For Wishes at Eisenhower Park on Long Island.

Over 400 people made the 5 kilometer trek on the scenic path around the park’s Field #5. Some came on their own or with their families, others banded together in large groups with matching t-shirts and team names (the largest collective, company team "Day & Nite,” was over 99 members strong). Some happy walkers even brought their dogs along (sources say the dogs were very cute).

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The event was kicked off by our emcee, New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy. "I'm thrilled to be here today. I'm very glad I played in the NHL and did what I did, but you kids are the true stars," said the 4-time Stanley Cup champion in his opening remarks. Prior to the walk, Bossy conducted a Q/A session, answering questions from fans at the walk and on social media, which was conducted by MSG Networks host Arda Ocal. 

Mike Bossy at podium

wish kids with Mike Bossy

Before the walk began, a Zumba class turned into a dance party on the lawn in front of the stage. Needless to say, the dancing children stole the show!

Zumba

There were also refueling stations (with complimentary oranges, bagels, coffee and other snacks), face painting, a bouncy castle, and other games like a human-sized Jenga. It was a fun time for all and for a great cause.

Face painting

Jenga lady

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“Events like Walk for Wishes allow for our communities to come out strong in support of the power of a wish," said Gina Florescu, Make-A-Wish Metro New York's Chief Marketing Officer. "It takes so many people to make wishes come true. At the Walk we had a team that was led by one of our top referring doctors. We had teams led by volunteers, the people who actually work with the kids to make wishes come true. And then we had teams of community partners like Northwell Health who raised thousands of dollars. All of these community members are essential for a wish to come true. So a big thank you to all of them.”

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Walk For Wishes is an annual Make-A-Wish event that occurs in communities nationwide.  The 2017 edition on Long Island raised over $125,000 for Make-A-Wish Metro New York. This money goes directly to helping grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Many wish kid “alums” were present at Sunday's walk (the stories of these kids and many more will be told in an upcoming blog series on our website).

ask me about my wish

Studies have shown that when a child with a life threatening illness receives a wish, it instills hope and positivity to heal. Our mandate at Make-A-Wish is to grant the wish of "every eligible child.” The average cost of a wish at our Metro New York chapter is $10,000. Your donations to events like these, and in general, help us get that much closer to achieving that goal.

Donate at our donation page.

View two photo galleries from #WalkForWishes 2017 on our Facebook page!

Our next big event is Toast For Wishes, an evening event on Thursday October 26 at Flash Factory in Manhattan.

Photo Credit: Ruth from Terri Diamond Photography

About this Blog

For me, the point of volunteering for Make-A-Wish is to bring the skills and passion I have for storytelling to make more wishes come true. I love bringing stories alive through multimedia platforms - social media, blogs and video posts – so that all of you can feel like you are front and center watching a wish unfold live! I’m excited to bring you incredible stories of joy, resilience and healing that can only happen with Make-A-Wish.

I first witnessed the power of a wish first hand through my work as a broadcaster with WWE. It was incredibly powerful to see children whose wish to meet their favorite WWE star, literally transformed right in front of my eyes.

I'm going to be your host as Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of critically ill children. I can't wait to bring you these extraordinary stories involving incredible people! Please feel free to reach out and let me know what you are thinking about the stories and let’s figure out how everyone can get involved.”

Arda Ocal @ardaocaltv

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