(WTNH) — Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted over 2,500 wishes since it began in 1986.
Gianna Dangelo, a Wish Kid, got her wish granted to visit and meet her family in Sicily. “I have family in Italy and… have never been able to see them… I didn’t think I’d be able to go until college. When I found out they were offering me the opportunity, I was ecstatic,” said Dangelo. Make-A-Wish was able to send Gianna and her family to meet her extended family.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut was also able to make a wish come true for Ella Wright from Wilton. Ella experienced her first seizure at 10 months old. She was diagnosed with a serious form of epilepsy and Make-A-Wish paid a visit to the Wright family. “Ella piped up and said she just wanted to play with her friends… that’s when the Wish team started walking around the house,” said Ella’s mom, Dana Haddox-Wright. The Make-A-Wish team created a beautiful play section so she can do just what she wished for.
This year 240 wishes will come true, but it is not without a cost. “Wishes cost anywhere between 8 to 10 thousand dollars here in Connecticut,” said Michael Dominick, Community and Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “It really is a community effort.”
This year, Big Y is stepping up and helping out to commemorate the community for their 80th anniversary. “So far, we have raised over $81,000,” said Night Manger Rebecca Eckley. Customers at Big Y can make a donation. On March 17th, Big Y will be matching the donations made at the stores.
As part of Big Y’s 80th Anniversary, all Big Y locations in CT & MA are selling $1 stars to benefit Make-A-Wish and to help grant wishes to local children with life-threatening illnesses. On March 17th, Big Y will match all donations made on that day, up to $8,000.
Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, they currently operate 63 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where two roads converge to form a “Y”.
Visit www.CT.WISH.org for more information.