At this time, due to current medical and public concerns Make-A-Wish America has made the difficult decision to postpone all wish travel, as well as wish kid participation in all activities and events related to Make-A-Wish that involve large gatherings (e.g. large scale wish granting events, theme parks, etc.) until further notice.
On average, 77 percent of wishes involve air travel. Make-A-Wish East Tennessee has postponed 11 wishes across its 36-county territory. Nationwide, 970 wishes were immediately impacted with 30 more wishes estimated to be postponed each day.
As a result, officials have adapted organization messaging to address the current situation and will be launching a new national campaign, PSA, and press release on Friday that calls attention to the children waiting for their wishes to come true.
Officials will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and U.S. State Department, and are working closely with the national Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families served.
Make-A-Wish's mission has been interrupted and need support now more than ever, said officials. To support wishes across East Tennessee, visit etn.wish.org.