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Make-A-Wish Minnesota to grant 5,000th wish


March 01, 2017

Teenager’s wish to meet the Minnesota Wild to come true this Sunday at Xcel Energy Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 1, 2017) – This Sunday, the Minnesota Wild will introduce its newest player to Minnesota when the team signs wish kid Carter to a one-day contract! Carter’s wish to meet the Minnesota Wild marks a landmark milestone in Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s 35-year history as Carter will become the 5,000th wish recipient in Minnesota.

Diagnosed with a rare form of muscle cancer 15 months ago, Carter has endured countless aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Despite his challenges battling a life-threatening medical condition, Carter, a high school hockey player from Breckenridge, has shown amazing strength and quiet determination. His love of hockey and his favorite hockey team inspired his wish to meet the Minnesota Wild. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017 
Xcel Energy Center 
St. Paul, Minn. 

2:00 PM: Coach Bruce Boudreau signs Carter to one-day contract and receives Wild jersey 

2:30 PM: Heads up to press box/control room to see them make edits/prepare for game. Meet and greet with Anthony LaPanta and Mike Greenlay 

2:45 PM: Xcel Energy Center arena tour 

3:30-4:05 PM: Gates open and rest time 

4:15-4:45 PM: Penalty box to watch warm-ups 

5:00 PM: Hy-Vee game introduction 

5:30-5:45 PM: Sit with radio guys in Press Box during 1st Intermission 

5:45PM: Sit with Paul Loomis in Press Box at the start of the 2nd intermission 

Post-Game: Meet players and locker room tour 

“While 5,000 wishes is pretty amazing, we’re not stopping there. We know that there are so many more kids waiting for a life-changing wish, and we’re committed to the thousands wish kids who will need us in the future,” said Mia Broos Hoagberg, CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Minnesota. “On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers here at Make-A-Wish Minnesota, we are proud to have played a part in making life better for thousands of wish kids like Carter. With the continued financial support of our community, we know that we’ll be able to grant the one, true wish of every eligible child in Minnesota.” 

About Make-A-Wish Minnesota 

Thirty-five years and 5,000 wishes later, Make-A-Wish Minnesota is local and we are here to stay with your support! From granting four wishes in our first year, to granting more than 250 last year, we have come a long way, but our work is not over yet. We’re lighting a spark within our organization and our community to grant a wish for every eligible child because we know wishes matter. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Minnesota and how you can share the power of a wish®, please call 612-767-9474 (WISH), visit or connect with us at or on Twitter @MakeAWishMN.

Press Contact

Helen Ng
Director of Marketing & Communications
1919 University Ave W Suite 415
St. Paul, MN  55104

Phone : (612) 767-2759
Fax : (612) 767-0242

Make-A-Wish® Minnesota
1919 University Ave W
Suite 415
St. Paul, MN 55104
(612) 767-9474