MINNEAPOLIS (March 2, 2012) – Through the course of their treatments, children battling life-threatening medical conditions such as six-year-old Kennedy, have had to endure the unimaginable pause - where all else comes to a halt and hopes and dreams get put on hold as they battle to survive. Kennedy, who missed performing her first ballet recital because she was sick, will get to demonstrate her dancing talents at when she performs with the St. Paul City Ballet at The Wish Ball on March 3, 2012.Six-year-old Kennedy’s life changed dramatically after her diagnosis of a rare form of epilepsy called Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. Suddenly, instead of dancing ballet, her days were filled with hospital stays, doctor’s appointments and various medical treatments. Kennedy wished to meet real ballerinas was granted recently when she traveled to New York City to meet ballerinas from the New York City Ballet after a performance of the Nutcracker.
At The Wish Ball, supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota will come together to help lift the spirits of Minnesota children by raising funds to grant wishes of children who are battling life-threatening illnesses and to help celebrate 30 years of granting wishes.
“Children who come to us are at frightening stages of their lives, unsure of what their futures hold. During isolated times when these children and their families are facing surgeries, treatments, high medical bills and diminished spirits, a wish come true is often an essential ingredient to boosting children’s mental and emotional strength,” said Tom McKinney, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota.
The evening’s program will feature the debut dance performances of wish child, Kennedy. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on unique live and silent auction one-of-a-kind items, enjoy gourmet dinner and drinks, dazzling entertainment by The Steeles and most importantly, inspirational wish stories of children such as Kennedy.
Jearlyn Steele of The Steeles, Minnesota’s first family of gospel and soul, will emcee the memorable evening. The event will be attended by 900 guests and hopes to raise more than $656,000 to grant the heartfelt wishes of Minnesota children with life-threatening medical conditions.
For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, visit www.mn.wish.org.