FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amanda Mewborn, Senior Director of Development
Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana Grants Eric’s Wish Thanks to $1.25 Million Donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb
Eric had his wish granted to go on a Cruise!
Houston, Texas (September 21, 2017) – Make-A-Wish® has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer. The seven-figure contribution benefitted Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana and the other 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide. Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana has allocated a portion of the funds to granting Eric’s most heartfelt wish. Eric experienced the life-changing power of a wish when he traveled on a cruise in April 2017.
“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Eric, said Amanda Mewborn, Senior Director of Development of Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana. "Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eric’s wish was granted!
Eric is a young boy who likes to ride his bike, catch frogs and lizards, listen to Rock and Roll music and participate in recess during school. Eric specifically chose to go on a cruise after seeing an advertisement on television and we are so glad we were able to make his wish come true!
“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”
The million dollar donation coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana and find out how you can get involved, visit www.texgulf.wish.org
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