But, the Walk For Wishes is so much more than just the dollars raised. It's about a community of people coming together to help restore families and to bring strength to those in need.
It's a movement that takes everyone within this community to grant wishes.
A Brief History
The first Walk For Wishes in Georgia took place on April 24, 2004 in Roswell. Over 400 people participated to raise more than $75,000. Wish kid Alex served as the first-ever wish ambassador for the event and personally helped to raise over $2,000.
Over a decade later, the Walk For Wishes Atlanta has grown significantly. The annual event now engages nearly 1,000 people and generates more than $300,000 to support local wishes. And all of these years later, we still have wish kids serve as honorary wish ambassadors.
More importantly, the event has spread from its roots in Atlanta. There are now three other Walk For Wishes that happen every year across the state of Georgia.
Starting in 2014, the community event has spread to Augusta, Athens and the West Georgia areas.
Why We Walk
Plenty of other nonprofits have their own walk and run events. So what makes the Walk For Wishes different?
It's different because we are all touched by wishes. Whether you’re a wish kid, a volunteer, a donor or someone that has heard our story, wishes mean something to you. They have an impact on the way we see the world.
Simply put — wishes matter.
Every year, the Walk For Wishes assembles like-minded people together to support this important cause. It raises money, but it also raises spirits. Everyone in attendance feeds off of the energy of renewed hope.
Whether it’s hearing a wish kid’s story or knowing you’re a part of something bigger, you can’t help but be inspired at the Walk For Wishes. In one day, you become a hero to hundreds of children.
A Community That Wishes Together
Every year, the Walk For Wishes is an opportunity to gather together and celebrate the outstanding mission of Make-A-Wish Georgia. More importantly, we celebrate the people who make that mission possible.
It’s a chance for our wish families, volunteers, donors, sponsors and staff to interact with one another and remember why we are dedicated to turning wishes into reality.
Wishes would not be possible without community — without YOU. These wish children are all local kids — kids we pray for, play with, go to school with, see on the soccer field or ballet class. Our volunteers are local, too. And so are the donors. We’re all in this together.
How to Become an Instant Hero
- Attend a Walk — Join us in Atlanta on April 23; Augusta on May 14; or LaGrange on August 20. Visit our website calendar for full details.
- Create a Fundraising Team — Register to fundraise at any of the Walk For Wishes in Atlanta, Augusta or West Georgia.
- Volunteer at an event — Sign up to be a special events volunteer to help us behind the scenes
- Become a Sponsor — Get your company to sponsor an event.
- Spread the Word — Share on social media about how excited your are for the Walk For Wishes!