On Wednesday, February 6th six-year-old Abel Richardson of Gilford Maine received a superhero-themed Go-Kart during his school’s Winter Carnival, marking a major milestone – the 1,500th wish granted by Make-A-Wish® Maine.
Abel, a spunky 6-year-old, who loves superheroes and battles a brain tumor was surprised to receive his superhero Go-Kart wish during his elementary schools Winter Carnival. Abel was called to the front of the cafeteria where he received his own superhero cape and was told that there was a special surprise for him outside. A parade of emergency vehicles including the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office and Guilford Fire Department drove around the front of the school with Abel’s superhero Go-Kart wish in the back.
“This exciting milestone for our chapter has only been reached due to the outpouring of dedication and support from the donors and volunteers throughout our state who continue to sustain our mission of granting wishes to children facing critical illnesses. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped make wishes come true for more than two decades now and continue to be inspired by each and every one of the 1,500 wish kids we’ve had the privilege to work with.” said Make-A-Wish Maine, Executive Director, Kate Vickery.
Make-A-Wish Maine has been granting wishes for local kids battling critical illnesses since 1992. Founded by Wayne and Caroline Morong, in Camden, Make-A-Wish Maine has grown to serve children in each of Maine's 16 counties, and grants an average of one wish every five days.
# # #
ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH Maine
Make-A-Wish Maine 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. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers in Maine grant one wish every 5 days. Since 1992, Make-A-Wish Maine has granted 1,500 wishes to children in Maine. All money raised in Maine stays in Maine and 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 eight. Our office is located 66 Mussey Road in Scarborough. For more information about Make-A-Wish Maine, visit www.maine.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.