From their site’s mission statement:
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.
Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.
A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.
As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.
While I’ve always supported them vocally, and financially, I’ve not found a way to really do something special for this organization. This changed when I decided to take up the challenge of my first 70.3 Ironman. When I realized I was blessed with really good health and strong athletic ability, I also was humbled by the fact that I knew not everyone could endure these triathlons. When I set my goal for racing in my first 70.3 Ironman in 2013, I also decided that I would use this opportunity to raise a substantial amount of money for an organization I believe in. The choice became obvious, should I get to the point of being able to compete in a 70.3 in 2013 I will be looking to raise about $5,000 -$10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Further, I’ve begun planning to collect the hand-prints of as many children who are apart of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as I can. I will have them colored and digitalized and used in the design of a custom Make-A-Wish Triathlon suit that I will wear next year during my race.
I still have a long way to go before my goal, but I’m confident. I won’t quit on this, because I’m not doing it for my own glory – I want to do this for the kids who may never get the chances I had.
For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation please visit their site, here.