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October 06, 2018


Cleveland, OH

Annual community walk brings together wish families and the northeast Ohio community at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to grant wishes for kids battling life-threatening medical conditions.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 2018) — Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana hopes to raise $150,000 to grant wishes for northeast Ohio children battling critical illnesses at its 26th annualWalk For Wishes® presented by the Prince & Izant Company at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on
October 6, 2018.

This year, Aaron Goldhammer from ESPN 850 Cleveland will kick off the Walk with a ribboncutting ceremony. Throughout the Walk, participants will have the opportunity to meet local wish kids and hear about the power of a wish. One of the wish kids participating is 8-year-old Noelle whose wish to go to Hawaii and stay at Aulani®, a Disney Resort & Spa will soon be granted. Noelle shared with her volunteers that when she chose her wish, she wanted to visit Hawaii because she had never been to the beach and saw it on TV. In addition to the beach, she also wants to see a volcano. Noelle and her family will help Aaron Goldhammer kick-off the
festivities, including cutting the ribbon to start the Walk.

Walkers will enjoy a family-friendly walk with activities for kids, wish experience stations, food, and fun. Those wanting to help grant wishes should register online in advance at, or on-site at the event.

Walk for Wishes Event Details
26th Annual Northeast Ohio Walk For Wishes

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109 

Saturday, October 6, 2018
7:30 a.m. – Registration begins
9 a.m. – Walk kick-off

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with Noelle and her family plus Make-A-Wish staff available from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Please check-in at the registration tent, Kelly Phillips will assist you.

ONSITE CONTACT: Kelly Phillips, Marketing Director, (805) 551-0211

There are currently more than 200 medically eligible wish kids in northeast Ohio. With the average cost of a wish at $8,000, Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community to grant wishes. To register or learn more, visit, call 1-877-206-9474, or follow us on social media at @makeawishohkyin.
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. 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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