Make-A-Wish Connecticut is proud to partner with the HAN Network for Fairfield County’s second annual airline miles drive– the HAN Network Wishes In Flight® Campaign. This airline mile donation campaign will help grant travel wishes to those Connecticut children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut granted over 240 wishes during the 2016 Fiscal Year, and an astonishing 70 percent of wishes granted each year require air travel. As Make-A-Wish also sends the child’s immediate family with them, we would need more than 2.8 billion miles, or 50,000 round-trip tickets, to cover every travel wish. This makes airline mile contributions one of the organizations greatest needs.
“Airline miles are imperative for Make-A-Wish branches throughout the world. Without these donated miles, Make-A-Wish has to put more strain on donations coming in from other areas to pay the cost of the travel rather than towards the wish itself. As we work to reach more children each year, the need for airline miles continues to grow,” stated Pam Keough, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “Airline miles donated today will help put a smile on the faces of children who, right now, are facing uncertain and terrifying realities. It will make their dreams come true when they need it most.”
Throughout the month of April, the HAN Network and Make-A-Wish Connecticut will be sharing stories of Wish Kids throughout Fairfield County. These local stories will highlight the struggles the children and families have faced, and the wish experience that changed their lives. The stories will share how a journey to an exotic destination or to meet a favorite celebrity is more than just a trip – it is a life-altering experience for the Wish Kid and the entire family.
Donating airline miles to the HAN Network Wishes In Flight® Campaign is simple. Visit CT.WISH.ORG/HANNetwork and you can make your contribution through the online portal; HAN Network needs your help in raising a goal of 300,000 miles for Connecticut kids.
Make-A-Wish enters a child’s life during a time of darkness and fear; fear for both what will come as they continue their treatment, and for what they may never be able to experience because of their condition.
“With a presence in over 132,000 households, we are extremely excited to be able to work with the HAN Network,” continued Keough. “Their wide range of newspapers, online and broadcasting presence, combined with their philanthropic vision of making a difference in the community has resulted in a wonderful relationship and we are proud to call the HAN Network a partner and a friend.”
You can donate unused Delta or United miles directly to the campaign by visiting CT.WISH.ORG/HANNetwork, which will help Connecticut Wish Kids reach their dream destinations. JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines also accept airline miles donations that support Make-A-Wish through their own airline mile donation programs, which can be contributed through their individual websites. Directions to these portals are also available on the HAN Network campaign page.
"We are honored to assist Make-A-Wish Connecticut in any way we can," HAN Network CEO Martin V. Hersam said. "Rarely do we work with a charitable organization that is so organized and forward thinking."
Make-A-Wish Connecticut thanks the HAN Network and the entire HAN Network community, for your continued support of their vision to reach every eligible child and make his or her one true wish come true.
Donate your miles to the HAN Network Wishes In Flight® Campaign at CT.WISH.ORG/HANNetwork.