FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Grants Tony’s Wish
Thanks to $1.26 Million Donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb
HINGHAM, MA (May 4, 2018) – Make-A-Wish® has received a $1.26 million donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company with the purpose of granting more wishes for children with cancer. A portion of the funds were used to grant the wish of Tony Achille, a 16-year old from Hingham with hodgkin’s lymphoma. Tony had his wish granted to go on a cruise in the Caribbean. Some of the things Tony was able to do during this memorable experience included surfing, snorkeling, indoor rock climbing, and other fun-filled activities.
“Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generosity allows us to grant even more transformational wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Without them, some children might not experience the power a wish has, which can give them the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness,” said Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO, Charlotte Beattie. “When our kids learn that their wish has been granted, it’s like an electric charge has sparked within them. Many times, their physicians and care providers see a noticeable change in their behavior and progress just knowing that their wish has been granted and that they’re about to embark on an unforgettable experience that they’ll remember forever.”
“Make-A-Wish understands that hope plays a crucial role in the treatment of childhood cancer,” said Adam Lenkowsky, head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We continue to be inspired by Make-A-Wish’s incredible passion and dedication, and are proud to help support families throughout their cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
The impact of the seven-figure contribution from Bristol-Myers Squibb will be felt at Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the country. The donation will specifically be used to grant wishes for kids like Tony who have cancer – the most common critical illness for wish kids.
This is the second consecutive year that Bristol-Myers Squibb has helped Make-A-Wish grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, totaling $2.6 million in support. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit www.massri.wish.org.
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About Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses between the ages of 2½ and 18. A wish fulfilled is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey, uniting their family and providing renewed strength to keep fighting and dreaming for the future. Together, with our generous donors, supporters, staff, and 600+ volunteers, the organization has granted more than 8,000 wishes for children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in its 30-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, visit massri.wish.org. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/MassRIWish, Twitter at Twitter.com/MakeAWishMassRI and Instagram at Instagram.com/MakeAWishMARI.