Make-A-Wish eyes Triad

By Todd Cohen

The Charlotte-based Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina is looking for supporters in the Triad.

The 18-year-old chapter of the Phoenix-based Make-A-Wish Foundation of America aims to close a gap between the cost of wishes it fulfills for Triad children, and the dollars it raises in the region, says Chris Gaydos, a foundation board member and medical student at Wake Forest University.

While the Triad is home to roughly 40 percent of the youngsters whose wishes the foundation fulfills, individual and corporate supporters in the Triad generate only 10 percent of the chapter’s revenue, he says.

The chapter, which fulfills wishes in 51 counties for youngsters ages 2˝ to 18 who face life-threatening illnesses, is recruiting individuals, corporations and foundations to “adopt” wishes that youngsters submit.

Those wishes can range from getting a new computer or going on a shopping spree to meeting someone, visiting Disney World or traveling.

The group also seeks supporters to help cover operating costs, including the salary for a fulltime director the chapter plans to hire to oversee Triad operations.

The chapter has granted more than 1,100 wishes and expects to grant more than 170 this year, up from 153 last year, 138 in 2001-02 and 95 in 2000-01.

Contact Gaydos at 336-692-5051 or

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