You’re probably wondering why I am writing a blog post about the Make-A-Wish Foundation on a massage chair website. Well, Make-A-Wish Foundation and I go way back to even before I started Massage-Chair-Relief.com back in 2005.
When I was in private practice, our clinic did a fundraiser for a Make-A-Wish child. We raised enough money to send our Wish Child to Disneyland, which was her wish. Usually the sponsors don’t get to meet the Wish Child and their family, but this time we did. For me, the whole experience was life changing. Being the father of 6 children, one of whom has Diabetes Type 1, I am quite sensitive about children’s issues. That is how we got started with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A few years later, when I started Massage-Chair-Relief.com, I vowed to donate a portion of every chair sale to Make-A-Wish, and have been doing it every since. As of the time of this writing, we have donated a total of $62,000. You can see our progress at this link on the Make-A-Wish website…
Getting To The Point…
Now, the primary reason for writing this blog today is because on April 29th, Make-A-Wish celebrated it’s 40 birthday. It was 40 years ago that the first wish was granted. It was in Arizona, which just happens to be the location of the worldwide headquarters of Make-A-Wish. They were planning a huge celebration at Disneyland for that date with events leading up to it, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, everything has been put on hold.
Did you know that since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted over 500,000 wishes?!?! And a trip to Disneyland or Disney World is the most desired wish by the children. What a fantastic partnership that has become for our children. I am so proud to be a small part of it. We are excited to sell more massage chairs so that we can donate even more money to this cause.
By the way, you don’t have to buy a chair for a donation. If you choose not to purchase your massage chair from us, you can still go to the above link and donate personally in your name.
When we opened our new Arizona store last fall, Make-A-Wish invited me to tour their headquarters in Phoenix. It was a wonderful experience and was amazed at the breadth of the Foundation’s worldwide effort. I wrote about that visit in this blog post:
Thank you for you support of Massage Chair Relief. It has benefited the lives of many children!
Dr. Alan Weidner
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