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Blue Bell, Pa– Make-A-Wish® has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer. The seven-figure contribution will benefit the Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley Chapter and the other 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide. The Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley Chapter has allocated a portion of the funds to granting Lily’s most heartfelt wish. Lily experienced the life-changing power of a wish when she and her family traveled to Hawaii
Lily and her family traveled to Hawaii for a week-ling wish experience in which Lily was able to swim with the dolphins, hang out on the beach and explore the gorgeous island of Oahu.
“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Lily”, said Dennis Heron, President and CEO of the Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley Chapter. "Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lily’s wish was granted, bringing us one step closer to our vision to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”
“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”
The million dollar donation coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Philadelphia. Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley and find out how you can get involved, visit philasv.wish.org
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley has granted over 6000 Wishes since our Chapter’s inception in 1986. The Chapter serves Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, the Susquehanna Valley and New Castle County in Delaware. Visit Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley at: philadesv.wish.org to learn more.
About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Contact: Lorrie-Beth Kryzanowski, Development Director