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 Improves Children’s Quality of Life

Michael Quiel is the owner and president of Legend Advisory Corporation. In addition to his work at the consulting firm, Michael Quiel donates to several charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Inspired by the belief that granting the wishes of children with serious illnesses improves their recovery, Make-A-Wish fulfills a dream every 37 minutes in America. Becca is one beneficiary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s efforts. She was born with a heart defect that led to pulmonary hypertension, an illness that raises blood pressure and weakens cardiac muscles and lung arteries, eventually causing heart failure and possible death.

When she was nine, Make-A-Wish made it possible for Becca to have her own playhouse. She designed her own building, with a front porch, shuttered windows, and a gabled roof. Becca was thrilled at having the fairy tale-like cottage in her backyard, and called it the “silver lining” of the difficulties she endured. Now 22, she has a pacemaker and may receive a heart-lung transplant. Her nieces and nephews enjoy the playhouse now. Grateful for her granted wish, she shares her story whenever possible.

Make-A-Wish Hosts 2015 Walk for Wishes at Tempe Marketplace

A Navy veteran, Michael Quiel resides in Arizona, where he leads Legend Advisory Corporation as president. Alongside a successful career as an investment banking professional, Michael Quiel spends his personal time supporting charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On October 4, the Arizona chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation will host its 2015 Walk for Wishes event. The walk, sponsored by CheapCaribbean.com, takes place at Tempe Marketplace and consists of a 3K and one-mile fun run/walk. While no fee is required to join, all participants are encouraged to raise further awareness and funds via their personal fundraising page they create during registration. Upon raising $100, the registrant will receive a Walk for Wishes t-shirt. Donations will support the ongoing effort to grant wishes to children living with life-threatening diseases or conditions.

Make-A-Wish Arizona has granted nearly 5,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. In 2014, the organization enriched the lives of 330 children. To learn more about the organization and register for the walk, visit http://www.arizona.wish.org.

How Make-a-Wish Grants Requests

Active in his Arizona community, financial executive Michael Quiel donates to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Donations such as Michael Quiel’s have helped Make-a-Wish Arizona, the organization’s founding chapter, to grant more than 5,000 wishes to local children.

An international organization, Make-a-Wish grants requests from seriously ill children aged 2.5 to 18 years. The child may refer himself or herself to the organization, or a parent or medical professional may make the referral on the child’s behalf. Make-a-Wish then contacts the child’s physician to determine that he or she has received a life-threatening diagnosis.

If the child in question meets medical criteria and has not yet had a wish granted from a similar organization, that child may then make a request to Make-a-Wish. A dedicated wish team helps the child to think of the one wish that he or she most would like to see come true. The wish team uses this conversation to design a customized experience for the child. The process aims to make each wish experience as memorable, enjoyable, and life-changing as possible.