Make-A-Wish Illinois will team up with Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV for an airline miles drive to support wishes granted to Illinois children. This year, more than 700 children with life-threatening medical conditions will have their wishes granted through Make-A-Wish Illinois, with an astonishing 80% of those wishes requiring air travel. Hosted at GATX Corporation Headquarters in Chicago on Thursday, May 25, the event will be covered by WGN-TV from 7am to 7pm
. WGN News will have stories, cut-ins and updates on WGN Morning News, WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News. A full recap will be on WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.
Hear from wish children and their families about how a wish provided hope in the misdt of the turmoil of the diagnois and treatment of a life-threatening medical condition. Each wish provides a unique opportunity for a child to find joy and strength thoroughout the wish granting process. It is not a last wish, but a lasting wish!
Many major airlines based in the United States allow members of their frequent flyer programs to donate airline miles to Make-A-Wish. Learn more about participating airlines and donate air miles today at illinois.wish.org/miles
. Miles from Delta Airlines and United Airlines can be donated directly to Make-A-Wish Illinois during this event. Miles and points from American Airlines can be donated through their Kids In Need program, and Southwest Airlines and JetBlue can be donated through each airline’s program.
Donating air miles to Make-A-Wish is easy – and the miles never expire once they are in the Make-A-Wish account. Donated miles are used exclusively for wish family travel. Air travel is often required for wishes to attend national sporting events, to meet a celebrity or to visit an exotic location.
WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station, and can be seen on WGN-TV, CLTV, WGNTV.com and the WGN-TV News and Live apps. WGN 9.2 is Chicago’s home of Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV network Antenna TV and WGN 9.3 is Chicago’s This TV movie network affiliate. WGN-TV is a Tribune Broadcasting station. For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to WGNTV.com
About GATX Corporation:
GATX Corporation began supporting the Make-A-Wish Illinois in 1996, and has since become the organization’s largest local corporate partner. Through an employee giving campaign and company match, as well as event support and GATX-led fundraisers, the company and its employees are proud to have contributed more than $3,000,000 to making wishes come true. GATX employees are also involved as volunteers on every level of Make-A-Wish and their staff includes several wish families.