Make-A-Wish has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer. The seven-figure contribution will benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia and the other 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide.
Make-A-Wish Georgia has allocated a portion of the funds to granting Charlotte’s wish. Charlotte experienced the life-changing power of a wish when she visited Discovery Cove in April, and where she got to swim with and kiss a dolphin.
“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Charlotte," said Tim Earley, Make-A-Wish Georgia CEO. "Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Charlotte’s wish was granted, bringing us one step closer to our vision to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”
“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”
The million dollar donation coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better.
About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com.