Every year in the state of Georgia, about 1,023 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. When that diagnosis happens, a family’s life turns upside down, and instead of dealing with Little League and ballet practices, they become concerned about surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. That’s when Make-A-Wish comes along and asks the child a very simple question: If you could meet anyone, if you could go anywhere, if you could do anything, if you could have anything, what would it be? The real mission is to provide hope, strength, and joy – not just to that child, but to the entire family. Last year, we granted 426 wishes in the state of Georgia alone – that’s more than one wish a day! We also reached a major milestone for our chapter by granting our 6,000th wish in the state.
As we look to those who have helped us successfully deliver our mission throughout the state, Novelis is at the top of the list. Novelis has been a corporate partner of Make-A-Wish Georgia for several years and their extraordinary support and generous gifts over time have been invaluable to the organization’s operation. The company’s most recent gift of $300,000 brings Novelis’ cumulative giving to over $1.25 Million since 2010, making Novelis our largest corporate donor. The company has served as a corporate sponsor for each of our signature events – the Walk for Wishes, the Wish Ball and the Tournament of Wishes – while continuing to offer opportunities for Novelis employees to become engaged in volunteer service with us.
We were so proud to recognize Novelis President and CEO and the Novelis Team this past October with the Power of a Wish Award at our Celebration of Wishes Gala. This is a recognition that is presented annually to an individual or group that has exhibited outstanding leadership over an extended period of time to help Make-A-Wish Georgia expand its ability to deliver its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The invaluable leadership and commitment of the Novelis President and CEO and the entire Novelis team have provided hundreds of our deserving children with hope, strength and joy at a time when they need it the most. Such generosity and dedication truly reflect the incredible heart of the company, its leadership and its employees. Every wish that we fulfill is possible only because of partners like Novelis who truly believe in our organization’s work. Their contributions are making the dreams of our wish children come true, one at a time.