Quintiles, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services, has partnered with Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to raise 1 million airline miles in support of the Wishes in Flight program. Quintiles employees throughout the United States have the opportunity to participate in the effort to collect frequent flier miles that are necessary to fund air travel-related wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“We’re proud to help lead this initiative within our company as well as in the communities we serve,” said Quintiles Community Relations Director Steve Brechbiel. “Using airline miles to make a difference for these children is something our employees are happy to help facilitate.”
Individuals who fly on Delta, United, and US Airways can easily donate frequent flier miles, in just a few easy steps by visiting http://eastnc.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles
. The number of miles an individual can donate can range from a few thousand miles to millions. Donated miles never expire and are never used for anything other than wish travel.
“More than 80% of wishes that we grant require air travel, making it a critical – and costly – resource,” said Kristen Johnson, President & CEO for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. “That’s more than 8 out of every 10 wishes we grant. Each wish typically consists of at least three additional family members. With 200 kids scheduled to have their wishes granted this year, the need has never been greater and is such an easy way to make a difference.”
Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina accepts the donation of airline miles year-round, but spring is a critical time for airline miles as travel arrangements are being made for summer wish travel. The efforts of the chapter are part of a large-scale campaign being implemented by the 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide. Nationally, Make-A-Wish chapters need a total of 2.5 billion airline miles each year to grant 10,000 wishes that involve travel.