The Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee whose mission is to grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy was awarded one of the most prestigious awards that a chapter can receive, the Infinite Wish Award, at The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America’s National Conference in Phoenix last week.
This award is intended to honor one wish fulfilled by a chapter that allowed for wide and impactful community participation that is at the heart of our organization’s desire to Share the Power of a Wish. The Infinite Wish Award recognizes wishes that generate collaboration, create synergies and even transform a community – for a child.
The granted wish that won the Infinite Wish Award was 15 year old Michelle’s wish to star in her own concert. Michelle has cystic fibrosis, but that has never affected her love of the spotlight. Michelle has always loved to sing and is a true performer at heart.
Officials said, "It’s not often that we have the opportunity to participate or even share the power of an actual wish." People from all around the community of Greater Chattanooga were able to support Michelle on the night of her concert. With a crowd of over 600 people, Michelle performed her concert, “Famous in a Small Town,” with enthusiasm and energy. With help from the community and everyone coming together, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee was able to grant Michelle’s wish, give her a life changing experience and touch the community.
“A special thanks go out to United Healthcare and Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers along with many others who simply made this possible.”