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Doctor Makes Research-Based Case for Wishes at Make-A-Wish® Big Wish® Gala


February 06, 2018


Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 6, 2018) —New independent research from a specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital illustrating the impact of wishes on kids battling critical illnesses will be the focus of the 2018 Make-A-Wish® Ohio Kentucky & Indiana Columbus BIG Wish® Gala presented by Discover®, to be held on Friday, March 2 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.


Dr. Anup Patel, Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was inspired to conduct a formal study of the physical and financial outcomes of a wish journey on eligible kids after observing firsthand the impact of a wish on a former patient. Diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy, Dae’Shaun wished to meet his favorite professional athlete. While Dr. Patel hoped the experience would provide a much-needed diversion from the everyday challenges and medical treatments prompted by his illness, he did not expect the wish journey to ultimately help relieve the side effects of Dae’Shaun’s condition – he has remained seizure-free since.


One of the reasons Dr. Patel has since joined the Make-A-Wish America Advisory Board is to increase medical provider awareness of the benefits of a granted wish on eligible kids. Currently, only one out of every two eligible kids gets to experience a wish – a statistic Dr. Patel and Make-A-Wish hope to improve with the money raised at this year’s Gala.


An event fundraising goal of $362,000 has been set to help make wishes come true for at least 45 local kids battling critical illnesses in Central Ohio.


WHAT:              Make-A-Wish 2018 Columbus BIG Wish® Gala



WHERE:            Hilton Columbus at Easton

                                               3900 Chagrin Dr.

                         Columbus, OH 43219


WHEN:               Friday, March 2, 2018

                                6:00 p.m. – Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction \ 7:30 p.m. Dinner Program




TICKETS:          Tickets and event sponsorship information are available at


The early findings of Dr. Patel’s study will be highlighted at the event, with the full results to be published later in 2018. Currently, there are 305 medically eligible wish kids in Central Ohio.


In addition to hearing the inspiring stories from kids and families whose lives have been changed by a granted wish, there will be a live and silent auction featuring items including:

  •     A trip to New York City to view the Broadway production of “Frozen”
  •     A trip to the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles
  •     A trip to the County Music Awards in Nashville


Sponsors for the evening include Discover®, Kent Smith Photography, Ross Wealth Advisors, Dupps, Fifth Third Bank, InnoSource, Hughie’s Event Production Services, NetJets, Ice Miller, Michael and Natasha Raimondo, Don Hummer IBM, the Pollard Family, the Sanders Family and The Gardner Family.


About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. There are currently over 305 children in Central Ohio who are awaiting their wish. For more details on how to get engaged with our chapter, please visit or follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.










Press Contact

Juli Miller
Vice President, Development
2545 Farmers Drive Suite 300
Columbus, OH  43235

Phone : (317) 522-4083 x4415
Fax : (614) 923-0560

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