Six weeks ago, I accepted the call to become Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. As a two-time childhood cancer survivor, the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very personal to me.
With three small, beautiful children in my home, I am very sensitive to the painful reality that all our children are potentially one doctor’s appointment away from having their worlds turned upside down in a dizzying array of hospital visits, needle-sticks and surgeries.
During a family’s darkest hour, the Make-A-Wish Foundation provides a shining beacon of light; a chance to escape the bonds of sickness, if even for just a moment.
Yet, these are extraordinary times.
Kids don’t understand the economics of a recession. Their cancers don’t share our sense of bad timing. While some charities can scale back their non-essential services, MAWFO has no non-essential services. We don’t have multiple functions and departments. We only do one thing: We grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
The average Wish costs $7000 and at this moment, there are 94 Oklahoma children waiting to have their Wishes granted. Many of these children don’t have the luxury of patience.
Please take a moment of your time right now and help make Wishes come true with a donation to Oklahoma’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Please call 5 friends and ask them to do the same. Forward this email. Pass a hat at your office. Call a generous friend or relative. Clean out coins from your car and home. Take a tax deduction. Call 918-492-WISH.
Donate online right now at: http://bit.ly/OSdWW
Or, come see me in person November 17th, 18th, or 19th at LaFortune Park in Tulsa as KRMG hosts our 4th Annual Stories of Light broadcast to benefit Make-A-Wish. All money raised goes to Oklahoma children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
To put my money where my ‘ask’ is, I’m personally committing $1,000 to the Stories of Light campaign this year (which is only $83/month or less than $3/day).
Thank you very kindly for your generosity,
Joe Kelley is the host of KRMG Morning News