MORRISVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2013)—Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina with the help of longtime supporter, WWE®, is sending four kids to WrestleMania® 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, April 7. Anjar, 18, and Robert, 10, both from Wake County join 13-year-old Justin from Craven County and 7-year-old Trey from New Hanover County. They are part of a group of 38 kids with life-threatening medical conditions from around the world who wished to attend sports entertainment’s biggest event.
The children and their families will travel to the New York City area on Thursday, April 4, for a weekend full of activities that culminates with WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium. In addition to experiencing the excitement of WrestleMania 29, the children will:
- have exclusive opportunities to meet WWE Superstars and Divas including a private autograph session Friday, April 5;
- be inducted into the Circle of Champions at a luncheon with a surprise WWE Superstar at the Liberty Science Center on Saturday, April 6;
- attend the biggest fan event of the year, Fan Axxess, on Sunday, April 7.
WWE has been a supporter of Make-A-Wish for more than 30 years and is host to some of the most dedicated wish granters in the organization’s history. WWE’s popularity transcends generations, and accordingly, the wishes its talent have helped grant number in the thousands. WWE also has given a multi-year commitment to continue its support of Make-A-Wish and its wish-granting activities.
“The anticipation is building for what we know will be an incredible experience for Anjar, Robert, Justin and Trey. All of the wishes we grant for courageous children with life-threatening medical conditions provide wish kids and their families a break from treatment and give them a chance to return from their wish energized and inspired. It can be a life-changing experience,” said Kristen Johnson, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. “Make-A-Wish is fortunate to have WWE as a supporter who believes so strongly in our mission.”
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. To donate miles and learn more about World Wish Day®, please call 1-800-432-WISH (9474) or visit www.eastnc.wish.org/ways-to-help/celebrateworld-wish-day/.
Jerry Peters, Director of Community Engagement
Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina
919-821-7111, ext. 203