MORRISVILLE, N.C. (April 4, 2013)—Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina announced during the 2013 Pitt County Business Expo that A Wireless, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, will help grant the wishes of two Pitt County children. The company held several fundraising events and a raffle that helped underwrite the costs of these wishes. Kevin, 5, has spent the last year in treatment for a brain tumor. Cameron, 4, is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Both children experienced their wishes to visit Walt Disney World recently.
“We are thrilled to help provide these magical experiences to Kevin and Cameron,” said Rich Balot, A Wireless chief executive officer. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our employees to make these wishes come true and look forward to working with Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to bring more smiles to children.”
A Wireless was founded as a partnership in October 1996 in Wilson, North Carolina and incorporated as ABC Phones of North Carolina, Inc. in 1999. The privately-held company, headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina, is an Exclusive Premium Retailer for Verizon Wireless and employs over 700 people at 112 locations in eight states and the District of Columbia. For more information, including employment opportunities, please visit www.myawireless.com.
Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.
World Wish Day® is April 29 and celebrates the day Chris Greicius received his wish to be a police officer for a day, inspiring the founding of Make-A-Wish® and the global wish granting movement. Beginning April 1, Make-A-Wish® will launch an organization-wide campaign to raise the equivalent of airline tickets that enable travel, a critical wish resource.
83% of the wishes that Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina grants are travel related, which amounts to an equivalent of more than 29 million airline miles used on an annual basis. Donating miles is a simple way to help grant a life-changing wish experience.