Hi I'm Christie Matthews Program Director of 104.9 The Fox.
This year, the Triple FM Radio Group has joined forces with our media partner KAIT for the 9th Annual Have A Heart Radiothon for Make A Wish. This Friday, we'll be accepting your donations to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions who live right here in Northeast Arkansas.
The Make A Wish Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
I found out first hand over 9 years ago when I met my first wish child... Hunter...from Paragould. On that day I saw what Make A Wish could do. Hunter was just six years old and facing a very adult illness.
I asked Hunter, "what is your one true wish?" He looked at me with his big blue eyes and said if I tell you, it won't come true. But with a little persuading, he said... I would wish to go to Disneyworld!
Once those magical words were spoken... Hunter's eyes were filled with excitement and anticipation. Because of Make A Wish, he had something to look forward to, something I feel helps motivate the healing process.
Hunter, his family and even his classmates were part of an unforgettable Make A Wish experience. We call it " sharing the power of a wish" ...enriching not just the lives of the children and their families, but often entire communities.
We've seen that happen here in Northeast Arkansas. In the past 8 years over 150 children have had wishes granted. Some wish to go to Disneyworld, to have a new computer, go on a shopping spree, one child even became a real life superhero!