Back in 2012 Wish Kid Zack decided he wanted to give back to the community and help other kids get their wishes granted. He felt the power of a wish come true five years ago when his wish to have a T-Rex in his back yard was granted. While he was out in the city doing the special activities Make-A-Wish planned for his wish, a giant T-Rex statue was installed in his back yard! You can read more about his wish here.

To spread the joy he felt from his wish so that other Wish Kids could feel it too, he created his event, Make a Move for Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which hopes to raise $30,000 this year. That’s a lot of wishes! Help him reach his goal by attending this great event. In its first year, Make a Move raised nearly $25,000, an amount well over his original goal of $3,900 to fund one wish. With that amazing progress, this year is sure to be a huge success too! 

Walk, Run, Or Bike To Grant Wishes

Make a Move features several different race options, meaning there is something for everyone to enjoy. Participants can choose to run, walk, or bike a five mile route around North Park Lake in Allison, Pa. The race starts at 9 a.m. July 27 at the North Park Boathouse. You can register online now, or on the day of the event from 8-8:45 a.m. All proceeds from your registration will help Zack raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

Once you register, you’ll get a timing bib to wear for the race if you choose. There are awards given to the top male and female performer in each age group and race category.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Natalie Abel at (412) 370-5070 or by email at

Great Reasons To Register

In addition to helping Zack raise money to fund more wishes, there are some other great reasons to register for the event. Everyone who registers gets a free t-shirt and refreshments and there’s free face painting for everyone too! Another fun race day activity is a great Chinese Auction with prizes you won’t want to miss out on including a bowling party for 12, restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, and $250 off dental work at a few local dental places. If you’re a Pittsburgh Penguins fan you won’t want to miss out on the silent auction of a Beau Bennett signed black jersey, or the Penguin tickets that are in the Chinese Auction.

You Can Help Grant Wishes In Your Community

Zack’s event is a wonderful way to help grant wishes while also having a great time in your community. If you aren’t able to attend you can still make a donation to help Zack reach his $30,000 goal.

Another way you can help grant wishes around your state in Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie and elsewhere, is to consider donating your vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program that helps fund wishes in your community. When you make a donation the proceeds from the auctioning or recycling of your vehicle go to Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, helping to bring more hope, strength, and joy into the lives of Wish Kids like Zack. Donating is easy when you call 1-877-431-9474 or fill out a quick car donation form online. With examples like Zack’s event, which brings so much back to his community, you can really see the powerful impact of a wish and all the good it does for everyone it touches. You can be a part of making that happen when you make a donation today!