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Alex Ovechkin to Grant Wish of Make-A-Wish® Child

Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 11:36 AM / News
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Alex Ovechkin to Grant Wish of Make-A-Wish\u00AE Child
ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will meet with Ellie Carney, 18, after the Capitals game against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center on Friday, Nov. 25. Ellie was born with Oral-Facial-Digital Syndrome Type 1 (OFD1) and is going to have her most heartfelt wish come true as she has requested to meet her hockey hero, Ovechkin, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Ellie, the recipient of two kidney transplants will attend the game and sit in a suite with her family. She will watch warm-ups from the penalty box with her sister Emily, meet Capitals owner Ted Leonsis during the first intermission, take a ride on the Olympia ice resurfacer during the second intermission and meet Ovechkin after the game. Ellie is from Washington, D.C., and her entire family “loves the Capitals.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world. The Foundation has granted nearly 215,000 wishes; one every 40 minutes. Many of these children recover to lead happy, healthy lives and cite their wish experience as a critical turning point in their battle with their illness.

For more information about the local Make-A-Wish® chapter, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, including how you can help refer a local child from Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware or the District of Columbia for a wish as well as sponsor a wish or donate in-kind gifts of goods, services or airline frequent flier miles, please call (301) 962-9474 or visit www.midatlantic.wish.org.

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic Fast Facts

The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013! Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic has granted the wishes of more than 7,000 children fighting life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic is one of 62 Make-A-Wish® chapters in the United States and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America’s national office is located in Phoenix.

The Mid-Atlantic chapter serves children who reside in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia (counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William).

In fiscal year 2011, the Mid-Atlantic chapter granted a record number 404 wishes. The most popular wish is to visit a theme park.

Typically, children’s wishes fall into four categories: To Be (e.g., a zookeeper, a firefighter, a baker), To Meet (e.g., a favorite celebrity or athlete), To Have (e.g., a computer, a play set, a puppy), or To Go (e.g., to a theme park, Hawaii, a major sporting event).

Any child facing a life-threatening medical condition who is between the ages of 2 ½ and under the age of 18 at the time of referral and who has not previously been granted a wish by any chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation or by any other wish- granting organization is eligible for a wish. Referrals may be made by a parent, legal guardian, medical professional involved with their care or the child directly.

Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.

The average cost of a wish in the Mid-Atlantic region is $7,500.

Over 700 volunteers help the Mid-Atlantic chapter maintain its grassroots support by delivering the organization’s mission to seriously ill children across the Mid-Atlantic region. Volunteers serve Make-A-Wish chapters in a variety of capacities, including wish granting, office administrative support, special events, fundraising, language translation and much more.

To refer a child, please email wishreferral@midatlantic.wish.org or call (877) 599-9474.

For media inquiries, please email media@midatlantic.wish.org or call (240) 395-4302.

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