Make-A-Wish Celebrates World Wish Day At Carowinds | PHOTOS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina celebrated World Wish Day at Carowinds on Saturday.

Over 500 Wish families, donors, and volunteers came together to celebrate at the amusement park.

Kathy Jetton, president and CEO of the local Make-A-Wish chapter, says currently there are over 550 Wish Kids in the area still awaiting their wishes to be granted due to the pandemic.

At an average cost of $7,500 per wish, Jetton says in order to fulfill the organization’s mission it requires a substantial commitment from community partners and supporters.

National organization, Make-A-Wish, has a mission to creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Jetton says a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey as research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Although every wish is unique and powerful, officials say typically wishes fall into four categories: I wish to meet, I wish to have, I wish to go, or I wish to be.

Any child with a life-threatening medical condition over 2-years-old and younger than 18-years-old is potentially eligible for a wish.

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