By Tim Saunders on
Singing and acting sensation Miley Cyrus helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation build excitement for its World Wish Day celebration by granting the wishes of 14 kids with life-threatening medical conditions April 19 in Los Angeles.
Cyrus greeted the wish kids and their families at the studio where she prepared for her upcoming Gypsy Heart concert tour, which opens on World Wish Day, April 29, in Quito, Ecuador. The wish kids’ experience included a makeover, a chance to visit with Cyrus, plus being treated to an exclusive performance by the platinum-selling artist during a dress rehearsal for the tour.
World Wish Day is a global wish-granting celebration that commemorates the anniversary of the wish that inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, now one of the world’s leading children’s charities. Seven-year-old Chris Greicius’ wish to be a police officer was granted in Phoenix by volunteers from several law-enforcement agencies on April 29, 1980.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation celebrated World Wish Day by granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in 41 countries where it operates.
“We thank Miley Cyrus for celebrating World Wish Day again this year and spreading our unifying message of hope, strength and joy for children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “Her support is helping these kids enjoy a better quality of life, and fulfilling their wishes gives them hope for the future.”
Miley Cyrus has granted the wishes of more than 120 children with life-threatening medical conditions in collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On average, every 25 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition somewhere in the world. In 2010, the Foundation granted nearly 21,000 wishes – more than 13,500 to children in the United States and more than 7,000 to children outside of the United States.
You can share the power of a wish on World Wish Day – refer your child, make a donation, spread the word via Facebook and Twitter or give your unused airline miles to help a wish family reach their wish destination. Learn how at wish.org.
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