Annual walk makes wishes come true for Arizona kids

Phoenix, Feb. 22, 2013. At Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the average cost of a child’s wish is $7,500. However, the impact after that wish is granted is immeasurable.  

That impact is why Make-A-Wish® Arizona will host its annual Walk for Wishes on Sunday, March 10 at Tempe Marketplace. This year’s event, sponsored by AAA Arizona, aims to raise more than $150,000 toward the granting of new wishes.

“At Make-A-Wish Arizona, we know that a wish can bring hope, strength and joy to each of our wish kids, as well as their families,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “This 2013 Walk for Wishes will help our organization reach the more than 450 kids we currently having waiting to see their wish fulfilled, as well as the more than 500 children annually who become eligible for wishes.”

“Serving the community, especially families that are braving grave childhood illness, is a critical component of AAA Arizona’s culture,” said Mike Tully, president and CEO of AAA Arizona “AAA Arizona is proud to sponsor this year’s walk and help raise funds that will help wishes come true for Arizona children.”

AAA Arizona is offering a special incentive to help Make-A-Wish® Arizona reach its fundraising goal. Through March 31, the auto club will waive its $15 enrollment fee for new members and donate that amount to help Make-A-Wish® Arizona. For more information, visit www.az.aaa.com/membership/walkforwishes.

The Walk for Wishes is a 3K walk/run or a 1-mile fun run/walk throughout Tempe Marketplace and includes checkpoints around the race featuring wish kids and corporate partners such as AAA Arizona. This is the ninth year for the Walk for Wishes and the first year at Tempe Marketplace. You can register online at www.wishaz.org under 2013 Walk for Wishes.

More than 4,200 Arizona kids have been granted a wish through Make-A-Wish Arizona since it started in 1980. However, the chapter currently has more than 450 children waiting to have their wishes granted.

About Make-A-Wish® Arizona

Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish®, the world’s largest wish granting organization which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors, Make-A-Wish Arizona grants almost 300 wishes annually. For more information, visit www.wishaz.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

About AAA Arizona
AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Stay connected with AAA Arizona on the web via: AAA.com/social.