More than 1,500 to virtually walk for Make-A-Wish Michigan

Posted at 5:19 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 13:38:25-04

(WXYZ) — Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish, the organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses worldwide.

The initial wish in Phoenix, Ariz., paved the way for Make-A-Wish Michigan to be created in 1984. This day is recognized annually as World Wish Day.

To celebrate World Wish Day, Make-A-Wish Michigan is asking supporters to register at for this Saturday’s virtual Walk For Wishes.

In the Walk’s 22nd year, plans to have the Walk at the Detroit Zoo were canceled due to COVID-19.

Now, more than 1,500 supporters around southeast Michigan will walk in their respective neighborhoods to raise funds for Michigan children with critical illnesses.

For the first time, the 22nd Annual Walk For Wishes® will take place virtually with participants walking in their respective neighborhoods Saturday morning on May 2.


9 a.m. - Opening ceremony with emcee WXYZ-TV anchor Alicia Smith on Make-A-Wish Michigan’s Facebook page

9:15 a.m. - Walk begins

10 a.m. - Closing ceremony with emcee Alicia Smith

The 22nd Annual Walk For Wishes includes an inspiring opening and closing ceremony as well as a fun scavenger hunt for registered participants thanks to the support of lead sponsor Planet Fitness.

For more information and to register, visit Walkers have until June 30 to fundraise.

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