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Make-A-Wish® Canada Celebrates World Wish Day® from Coast to Coast

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/14 -- Mark your calendars! April 29 is World Wish Day®-a global day of recognition for Make-A-Wish® that celebrates all of the magical wishes granted to courageous children with life-threatening medical conditions around the world.

"World Wish Day® marks the anniversary of the first wish that inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish more than 30 years ago," said Jennifer Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish® Canada. "We have granted almost 6,000 wishes to date in Canada, impacting thousands of children, families, volunteers and supporters, thanks to our generous contributors who make our wish-granting mission possible."

Events will take place across the country throughout the month of April, including special wish reveals, festivities at local children's hospitals and celebratory events that bring together wish kids, volunteers and supporters. In Toronto, the Central Ontario chapter will celebrate its 1,000th wish in conjunction with World Wish Day®, thanks to national supporter, Flight Centre Canada. In recognition of its 10th anniversary supporting Make-A-Wish Canada, Flight Centre Canada will grant the magical wish of 16-year-old Mikaela, who suffers from Budd-Chiari Syndrome, to visit London, England. Mikaela will leave for her exciting trip on April 30, following the local chapter's celebration at Casa Loma in Toronto.

Make-A-Wish Canada's corporate partners, LS travel retail North America and Brooks Brothers, have also coordinated special World Wish Day® promotions this month.

In further recognition of World Wish Day®, Canadian landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, BC Place, Vancouver's Science World and local city halls will light up in blue and white. The City of Toronto will also proclaim April 29 World Wish Day®.

To learn more about World Wish Day® and for a full list of events in Canada, please visit www.makeawish.ca/worldwishday.

About World Wish Day®

April 29 is World Wish Day®, a global celebration of wish granting. It celebrates the day seven-year-old Chris Greicius received his wish to be a police officer, inspiring the creation of Make-A-Wish® and the organization's global wish-granting movement. To learn more, please visit www.worldwish.org/wwd.

About Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast to coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 324,000 children since 1980. For more information, please visit www.makeawish.ca.

Click here to read this news release in French.

Cliquez ici pour lire ce communique de presse en francais.

Contacts:
Make-A-Wish® Canada
Deborah Waines
Officer, Marketing & Communications
416.224.9474 ext. 111
deborah.waines@makeawish.ca

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