Wish Jump 2017 to launch July 29
Wish Jump 2017 is the seventh annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. It is the only ongoing, annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish in the country! In this unique event, volunteer Wish Jumpers raise money and then come together on the last Saturday in July (July 29, 2017) and all go skydiving together. Money raised is used by the Wish Granting program of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.
The participants, including many first-time jumpers, are raising funds through online donations. Expected among the jumpers are some wish teens and parents, as well as volunteer wish granters, chapter staff, and other supporters.
Volunteer wish granter Mary Kenney initially launched the idea as a fundraiser that offered a bit more adrenaline than a bake sale. Since the inception in 2011, it has drawn over 140 participants who have raised more than $170,000 in all!
She added that the participants are inspired by the wish children, who bravely face their challenges as they cope with, and most often overcome, their life-threatening medical conditions. “We welcome additional support, so donations can be made by visiting this site, with more information found at www.wishjump.com,” she said.
The fundraising goal for the 2017 Wish Jump is to raise $30,000, she said, in celebration of this year’s 30th anniversary of the Northeast New York chapter of Make-A-Wish.
“This is an exciting way to help fund wishes for local kids,” said Make-A-Wish local chapter CEO William Trigg III. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone who supports this event, and helped make it such a success." As a Wish Jumper himself, he said, the support of so many people "really inspires us to take that leap of faith - right out of the plane!”