Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Later this week, the World Cup will kick off in Brazil, bringing together a global community of football fans. Make-A-Wish® is sending more than 50 wish kids with a passion for football and hailing from all across the globe, to join in the cheers and chants of the enormous crowds. These wishes mark one of the largest wish-granting endeavors Make-A-Wish has undertaken and the most wish kids to experience a World Cup competition.
These young soccer fans, with life-threatening medical conditions, and their families will travel to Brazil from 11 different countries. Each wish family will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend matches, according to the child’s home country and favorite team, opportunities for sightseeing, the FIFA Fan Fest, and other activities of their choosing.
“Granting the wishes of more than 50 children from around the globe at a single event is truly extraordinary,” said Jon Stettner, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish International. “The shared experience of these wish kids from around the world reflects the global nature of Make-A-Wish and represents the spirit of the World Cup and the sport of football as a whole, as they gather to enjoy the games together. These wish children and their families are in store for life-changing experiences in Brazil – ones that will last a lifetime – and we couldn’t be more excited.”
The 2014 World Cup is one of the largest international wish-granting endeavors in the history of Make-A-Wish. As with all other wishes, Make-A-Wish has utilized its vast network of resources to fund the wishes with no cost to the families attending. From the airfare and transportation all the way down to the game tickets and food, the all-expenses-paid wish experience is sure to pack an exhilarating dose of fun and joy. For the wish kids who will be in attendance, experiencing the World Cup represents their one, heartfelt wish; however, the positive impact of a wish-come-true will last long after the final goal.