DHL partners with Make-A-Wish® to grant wishes to two Cincinnati area children

DHL employees and their families expected to raise $12,000 to fulfill the wishes of local children during DHL Family Day

  • ·         Fundraising part of DHL employee appreciation day at CVG facility
  • ·         More than 4,300 DHL employees and family members expected to participate 

DHL1251Cincinnati, August 11, 2012 – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, is partnering with Make-A-Wish® to help make wishes come true for Cincinnati area children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish® was selected by employees who work at the DHL facility at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG).

More than 4,300 DHL employees and their families are expected to turn out for DHL Family Day on August 11 to raise more than $12,000 for Make-A-Wish® in honor of Wish Child Sierra (age 8 ) and Wish Child Daniel (age 11). As part of Family Day, attendees can purchase tickets to different games that day, and all ticket sales will go toward funding the children’s wishes.  

In its 2nd year, DHL Family Day is an employee appreciation event packed with family-friendly activities for DHL employees and their family members. Activities include barbecuing, DHL cargo plane tours, and visits from Cincinnati Zoo animals as well as the mascots and cars from the Kentucky Speedway.

“The DHL family extends beyond our facility, and well into the community,” said Travis Cobb, Vice President of DHL Americas Hubs, Gateways, Network Control. “Our employees strongly believe in giving back, and we are honored to work with Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wishes of two very inspiring kids who give the word courageous a whole new meaning.”

Wish Child Sierra is an eight-year-old girl who loves princesses. She has a condition called Sickle Cell, a disorder in which the abnormality in cell shape causes frequent painful episodes and damage to body organs. Her wish is to go to several Florida theme parks with her parents and younger sister. She and her family are expected to leave for Orlando in the fall to begin their fun-filled adventure.

Daniel is an 11-year-old boy who likes sports, video games and writing. Daniel suffers from Desmoid Tumors, which are rare, locally aggressive and often challenging to treat. His wish is to have a grand shopping spree, where he can revamp his wardrobe and pick up some cool gadgets. He and his family are set to hit the malls this fall.

“Each year our Chapter grants wishes to more than 800 children in the tri-state area thanks to donors such as DHL and a network of more than 1,200 volunteers,” added Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana President and CEO Susan McConnell. “Through the generosity of supporters like DHL, we can continue to make wishes come true for Wish Children in southern Ohio.”

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Last fiscal year, it fulfilled the individual wishes of 863 children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.. Currently there are more than 900 pending wishes. The Foundation has granted more than 11,000 wishes in its nearly three decade history of making wishes come true.

SOURCE: Submitted by DHL

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