Help make a dream come true by participating in the Walk For Wishes event.
By Lauren Felechner
On April 26, Orange County residents will be taking part in the annual Walk For Wishes event at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. For more than 30 years, Make-A-Wish® has been impacting OC communities by granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. In 2013, 316 wishes were granted to children with the help of the local community.
This year’s leading team is not a corporation or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. It is a group of OC kids and their parents who have dedicated their time to giving back and spreading joy. Walk For Wishes inspired Teresa Nguyen and her three daughters to create Team Wishing Stars. The group quickly grew as they connected with others through social media and community events, which in turn, encouraged more and more people to join the group and their mission to give to others. Team Wishing Stars is currently comprised of 28 members, ranging in age from 2.5 years old to 13.
“My girls have always been dedicated to helping others and giving back to the community in any way possible,” said Nguyen. “I hope that through this team building experience they continue to learn how to be generous, open their hearts and give everything they do 110 percent.”
As the team continues to grow, they have raised more than $7,000 to-date. The method to their madness you ask? Simply obtaining donations from complete strangers, by word-of-mouth or through social media.
“I’m so happy I get to walk for wishes and help bring a smile to kids’ faces!” said 7-year-old Charlee Lim, Nguyen’s daughter. “I’m even more excited that we have raised enough money to grant a child’s wish!”
Each granted wish costs around $5,000 to $7,000, and on average, a child is referred to Make-A-Wish every 28 minutes. This year, the goal of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire is to grant more than 350 wishes to medically eligible children. Join Team Wishing Stars on April 26 as they Walk For Wishes at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. To learn more or to register for the walk, please visit www.ocie.wish.org or contact Sarah Pizzaruso at email@example.com.