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Make-A-Wish Foundation eager to make wishes come true

Now more than ever, children with life-threatening medical conditions need the magic of a wish come true. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia needs your help to find children who may qualify for our magic.
Children can be referred by anyone – a parent, guardian, family member or teacher – but are qualified by the child’s physician. Life-threatening medical conditions, which generally qualify children for services include, but are not limited to, various forms of cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy and transplants. Children with more chronic conditions like cerebral palsy, developmental delays, diabetes, Crohn’s disease or spina bifida, may qualify if their conditions are coupled with other complications and the combination is considered life-threatening.
If you know of a child, age 2 to under 18, who may qualify, contact the Altoona office at 949-4040. Referring a child only takes a few minutes, but the memories of a wish last a lifetime.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is a non-profit organization, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It was founded in 1983 and serves 57 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania and 23 counties in southern West Virginia with headquarters in Pittsburgh and regional offices in Erie, Altoona, Punxsutawney, Pottsville, Wilkes-Barre and York, Pa., and Charleston, W.Va.
In fiscal year 2006, the Foundation fulfilled 706 wishes with the help of nearly 900 volunteers. 85.4 percent of all donations fund wish granting activity. The Altoona Regional office opened in September 1992. It oversees wish fulfillment and fund raising activities in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties. In fiscal year 2006, the regional office fulfilled 64 wishes.
Currently, the Foundation is the most active chapter in the country and has fulfilled more than 9,000 wishes. For more information on how to refer children or to volunteer, call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 1-800-676-WISH or visit its web site at www.wishgreaterpa.org.