Make-A-Wish Debuts New Crowdfunding Platform

 

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona
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An investment banking professional with three decades of experience, Michael Quiel serves as president of Legend Advisory Corporation in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Away from his everyday responsibilities in the workplace, Michael Quiel has been a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish, who recently unveiled a new platform to help make even more wishes become a reality.

Last April, Make-A-Wish rolled out an innovative new crowdfunding platform that allows generous individuals the opportunity to play a small part in helping a child suffering from a life-threatening illness fulfill his or her wish. The platform, dubbed WishMaker, was developed in a partnership with CrowdRise and works the same way as other prominent crowdfunding websites, allowing the general public to give any amount toward the cause.

During April, Wishmaker specifically raised money in a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to help children fulfill their WWE-centric wishes. Through the generous efforts of numerous donors through the platform, 39 children, as well as their families, were able to attend WrestleMania in Orlando, Florida.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Grants Gregory’s Wish

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Make-A-Wish Foundation
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With nearly 30 years of investment banking experience, Michael Quiel leads Legend Advisory Corporation as president. Outside of this role, Michael Quiel supports several nonprofit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which recently granted the wish of a child named Gregory.

A 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor, Gregory has almost completely lost his eyesight and has difficulty walking. One of his dreams has always been to ride a tractor similar to his toy tractors, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation decided to make this wish a reality.

On March 22, 2017, Gregory and his family arrived at Toys “R” Us to meet two of the Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteers. Gregory and his family then traveled with the volunteers to The Original Manassero Farms, a large farm and farmers’ market in Irvine, California.

Dressed in denim overalls, Gregory was greeted at the farm by the owners, Dan and Anne Manassero, with a variety of treats, including hot dogs, cookies, chips, and strawberry smoothies. The Manasseros then took Gregory on a tractor ride, helping him steer as they drove around the farm.

Before Gregory left, the Manasseros presented him with an electric tractor he can ride at home. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the children it has served, visit wish.org.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Benefits From Generosity of Others

 

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Make-A-Wish Foundation
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The managing principal and director of Legend Advisory Corporation, Michael Quiel has worked closely with a number of charities over the years. One charity that Michael Quiel is committed to supporting is the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening conditions, including childhood cancers. According to the Make-A-Wish of America’s website, one wish is granted by the foundation every 35 minutes.

The Foundation works to grant every child’s wish through their vast network of volunteers, donors, and supporters. Wishes children have asked for and the foundation has granted include Walt Disney World vacations, being police officer for a day, and meetings with famous athletes, to name a few.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation works to grant a wish to any child aged two-and-a-half to eighteen with a life-threatening medical condition. Once a medical professional or parent makes a wish request, the Make-A-Wish Foundation works with the child to make this one wish come true, with the hope of creating an unforgettable experience for both the child and his or her family.

The Rypien Foundation Helps Children with Cancer

 

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Rypien Foundation
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Michael Quiel is a generous supporter of the Rypien Foundation. Founded by Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, the foundation helps provide for families with children battling cancer. Through his involvement with the foundation, Michael Quiel has donated over two million dollars to the organization.

Mark Rypien started the foundation in 2004 to remember his son, Andrew, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of three in 1998. Based in Seattle, Washington, the Rypien Foundation provides funding to support programs and projects that benefit children with cancer. The foundation also works to support the families of young cancer patients by providing a healing environment full of hope. It finds support through the generous donations of those who want to help, and also holds different fundraising events throughout the year.

The largest annual fundraiser is the Winemakers’ Dinner. The black tie event features a five-course gourmet meal, which is paired with selected Washington State wines. Attendees can also bid on silent and live auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the Rypien Foundation.