FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Grants Timothy’s Wish Thanks to $1.25 Million Donation Nationally from Bristol-Myers Squibb
Timothy who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma will have wish granted
to go to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas with his family
Boston, Mass. (Aug. 1, 2017) – Make-A-Wish® America has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer. The seven-figure contribution will benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the other 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide. Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island has allocated a portion of the funds to granting Timothy’s most heartfelt wish. Timothy will experience the life-changing power of a wish when he gets his wish to go to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Timothy," said Charlotte Beattie, Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Timothy’s wish will be granted, bringing us one step closer to our vision to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”
“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”
The million dollar donation coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island 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 grants wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For a child with a life-threatening illness, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy and lasting hope to keep fighting and dreaming for the future. In its 30-year history, the organization has granted more than 8,000 wishes for children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Visit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at www.massri.wish.org for more information, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/MassRIWish, Twitter at Twitter.com/MakeAWishMassRI and Instagram at Instagram.com/MakeAWishMARI.
About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.