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ATHENS, ME – January 1, 2013 - Make-A-Wish® Maine has awarded Athens resident and Madison High School sophomore Lanie Howes, 15, with their Brendan Batson Award.
This annual award is bestowed upon a young person who gives their time and energy to Make-A-Wish.
Through bottle drives, bake sales, auctions, 50/50 raffles, selling stars and more, Lanie has raised a total of over $12,000, which is enough to grant two wishes to Maine children facing life-threatening medical conditions (each wish costs an average of $6,000).
“It’s really great to help kids who are not having a normal childhood right now,” said Howes. “Wishes are amazing experiences for them and I’m hopeful that we can get more so more kids can have their wishes.”
Lanie’s friends and family, including her littler brother Gabriel have helped raise funds and awareness from her surrounding community. Little did she know at the time that part of the money she gathered would go to a child living in nearby Harmony, Maine.
Aliza, 13, of Harmony is battling astroblastoma and her wish was to have a room makeover, which was granted using funds donated by Lanie. Not only that, but Lanie also made a quilt that was a beautiful addition to Aliza’s wish.
“Lanie is truly one of the most amazing and caring teenagers that we at Make-A-Wish Maine have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Eileen Chretien, Volunteer Director at Make-A-Wish Maine. “She’s changing her world and ours with her generosity and caring. She is an inspiration to all of us.”
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Maine Chapter of Make-A-Wish opened in 1992. As of Sept. 2012, we have granted over 1080 wishes. This coming year, the organization expects to grant the greatest wish of over 75 seriously ill Maine children, which is an average of one wish every five days. The average cost of a wish is $6,000. All money raised in Maine stays in Maine. Of the money donated, 77% goes towards program expenses (granting wishes), which is 12% more than the minimum required of non-profits by the Better Business Bureau. All wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish Maine is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all contributions are tax deductible. The Maine chapter has over 200 volunteers statewide, and a staff of six. Our office is located at 477 Congress Street, Suite M1, in Portland. For more information about Make-A-Wish Maine, visit www.maine.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.