It can be tough to find time to spend together as an entire family, but Parent’s Day on July 26 may be one day you’d like to set aside a few hours or more for family time. Instead of searching for the perfect gift for your parent or guardian, consider setting aside some time together to create memories that will last a lifetime.
The long, warm days of August are perfect for walks and car shows. If you've been meaning to get outside and enjoy the last few weeks of summer, you have two opportunities to do so while also helping Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. The 24th Annual Dealer Day Car Show is Aug. 22 and the annual Walk For Wishes is Aug. 29. Both events will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.
For more than 30 years, Disney has been a staunch supporter of Make-A-Wish, welcoming children with critical illnesses to "The Happiest Place On Earth." In fact, Disney and Make-A-With will grant their 100,000th global wish together in 2015. One of the companies owned by Disney, ESPN, has been doing its part to help grant wishes, as well.
Starting on Sunday, July 19, ESPN will air the 10th year of the "My Wish" series, where it helps children who have wishes involving sports teams or athletes have their wishes revealed and granted in a made-for-TV segment. ESPN has worked with Make-A-Wish to fulfill 50 sports-themed wishes since the series started in 2006.
ESPN produces feature segments on the wishes for airing on SportsCenter, with the first wish debuting in the 11 p.m. EDT edition on July 19. The remaining four will premiere at 6 p.m. on SportsCenter Monday-Thursday, July 20-24, with a one-hour special featuring highlights of all five wishes airing Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
This year's "My Wish" Segments will feature:
- Sunday, July 19: San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Pineda, a 14-year-old from San Bernardino, Calif., who has been battling leukemia, wants to spend time with the 49ers and get a jersey signed for his father figure who recently died after a sudden illness.
- Monday, July 20: Michael Phelps: Sixteen-year-old Hailey Cannaday of Clintonville, Ohio, hasn't let osteosarcoma affect her dreams of swimming in college. With her Olympic idol, she gets a tour of the U.S. training facility and makes a splash in the pool.
- Tuesday, July 21: WWE Superstar John Cena: Seven-year-old Kenneth "KJ" Harmon of Orlando, Fla., is battling end stage renal disease. He heads to Washington, D.C., to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of WWE from Cena.
- Wednesday, July 22: Andrew McCutchen: Sean Campbell, 10, of Leonardtown, Md., born with a serious heart defect, gets to spend time with his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates player.
- Thursday, July 23: Maya Moore: Even suffering from Lupus with life-threatening complications hasn't quelled the dreams of 14-year-old Ariya Smith of Thornton, Col., who hopes to someday play in the WNBA. She gets one-on-one practice time with the Minnesota Lynx star and is a guest of honor at the team's home game.
Watch a preview of this year's "My Wish" series here:
Make A Vehicle Donation To Help Make-A-Wish
Whether you live in Naples, Sacramento, Minneapolis or Nashville, you can help Make-A-Wish no matter where you live. You can help bring joy to children with critical illnesses and all you have to do is to make a car donation to Wheels For Wishes, the car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish. We support many local chapters of Make-A-Wish with the proceeds from car donations. When you donate a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle, you can support your local chapter of Make-A-Wish, which helps them to grant more wishes for children in your community who could use more hope, strength and joy during a difficult time in their lives.
To donate a car, simply give us a call at [chapter_phone] or use our online car donation form. Your car donation will make a positive difference for a child in your community!
The 16th Annual Twilight Walk For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada takes place Aug. 15 in Sacramento. Take part in this great event to help grant more wishes for kids in the area who are facing critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada has granted more than 5,000 wishes since 1983, and Walk For Wishes is a wonderful way to help them reach even more children this year.
This July, you can make a difference by helping to raise awareness about sarcoma, including its symptoms and risk factors. Sarcoma is a cancer that affects the connective tissues in the body. Approximately 1 percent of adult cancers and 15 to 20 percent of childhood cancers are sarcomas of the bones or soft tissues. Sarcoma is relatively rare, accounting for an estimated 12,000 cases of cancer in 2015. That's why Sarcoma Awareness Month can be the perfect opportunity to learn more about sarcoma and share what you learn with friends and family who might not be aware.
July is not only the hottest month of the year in the United States, it's also UV Safety Month. This month is about helping adults and parents learn about the best ways to stay safe from harmful UV rays. What you might not know is that skin is an organ – and it's the largest one. Skin plays an important role in keeping bacteria out of the body, minimizing water loss and regulating body temperature.
When anyone – adults or children – spend too much time in the sun, the overexposure can cause serious damage to the skin, cause age spots, wrinkles and even increase the risk of skin cancer. One of the challenges of keeping your skin healthy is finding the right sunscreens to use. Your choices aren't only plentiful, they can also be confusing.
According to the Food and Drug Administration's 2015 regulations, sunscreens that pass the broad spectrum test will provide protection against both ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and ultraviolet A radiation (UVA). Sunburn is primarily caused by UVB, although both UVB and UVA can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. Under the new regulations, sunscreen products that protect against all types of sun-induced skin damage will be labeled "Broad Spectrum" and “SPF 15” (or higher) on the front.
However just because you're trying to protect children, doesn't mean you need to use a "children's" sunscreen. Consumer Reports says that the FDA doesn't make the distinction between kids' sunscreen and other types of sunscreens. It also doesn't hold kids' sunscreen to higher safety standard because it's for kids.
Know What You're Putting On
According to the Environmental Working Group, several popular chemicals used in many sunscreens can pose problems if inhaled or if it penetrates the skin to reach living tissue. Mineral-based sunscreens can offer protection with more less-harsh ingredients.
Other Great Reminders For Sun Safety
Who wants to bother with health reminders before spending a fun day at the beach in the middle of summer? Unfortunately, the reminders really are for your protection. During UV Safety Month, take a moment to learn more about the health risks of UV light, and about ways to protect your skin and eyes.
- Check the UV index in your area before going outside. This tool from the EPA can help you prepare better if you're spending a day in the sun.
- The sun is most intense from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It's best to avoid being in full sun for too long during these hours.
- Experts recommend wearing sun protection such as long sleeves, sunglasses and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. UV light can still pass through clouds and haze.
- If you are outside on the water or near windows, you are at risk of getting sunburned: These surfaces can reflect more UV rays onto you.
- Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of between 30 and 50. Make sure you apply it 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply it every two hours, especially when swimming.
- You can still get sunburned in winter, especially when it's sunny and reflecting off the snow. If you are skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or just playing outside, take caution.
Protect Your Eyes, Too
Overexposure to UV light can also have negative effects on your eyes. UV light can increase your risk of eye conditions such as cataracts, growths and cancer in the eye. You also have to check your sunglasses carefully because all are not created equally. Make sure to only buy sunglasses labeled "UV400" or "100% UV protection." Darker lenses don't always mean better protection.
Donate A Vehicle To Help Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish chapters around the country are dedicated to help children with life-threating medical conditions. If you want to help their goal of granting wishes, please consider making a car donation to Wheels For Wishes, the car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish. We offer you a great tax deduction, free towing and an easy way to support an important cause. To donate your car, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle, please call [chapter_phone] or fill out our online car donation form.
The American Cancer Society estimates more than 74,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year, with approximately 16,000 deaths. As one of the more common cancers in our country, a lot needs to be done to reduce its prevalence. Researchers are looking at new ways to find and treat bladder cancer, such as urine tests and, potentially, DNA tests. Research is also being done to see if certain foods, vitamins, supplements and drugs can prevent bladder cancer from returning in those who have already had it.
If you like to golf, the Target Corporation Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish North Dakota is for you. Taking place on Friday, Aug. 1, participants can golf in teams of four to help grant the wishes of kids living in Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks. Register or become an event sponsor to help make wishes come true for kids in your community.
There's nothing like a long walk on a mid-summer's morning afternoon. But what if you could do that and raise money for a great cause? That's exactly what the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Walk For Wishes aims to do. And there are two opportunities to get involved for this fabulous cause!
The first event is the East Bay Walk For Wishes at St. Mary's College in Moraga on Saturday, August 8, with the Walk For Wishes South Bay on Saturday, August 22 at Google's Mountain View campus. Participation in the walks is free, but fundraising is encouraged. The goal of the walks is to be able to grant 36 wishes.
A Morning Full Of Fun
Walk day includes food and entertainment, with a focus on wish-granting and Make-A-Wish wish children. On each walk day from 8-9 a.m. there is registration, breakfast and pre-walk entertainment. The walks begin at 9 a.m. with food and more entertainment available at the finish line from 10-11 a.m. You can also bring your own food for a post-walk picnic. Click here to learn more about the walks, and you can pick which event you want to sign up for – or sign up for both.
Raise Money, Win Prizes
The most important part of the walks is to help raise valuable funds for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. The more you raise, the more prizes you'll be eligible to win. Raising more than $100 gets you an official Walk For Wishes 2015 t-shirt. If you raise more than $250, you get a t-shirt and Make-A-Wish tumbler.
Raising more than $500 gets you into the Power Walker Club, which gets you a t-shirt, tumbler, Make-A-Wish logo sunglasses, a special Power Walker button to wear on event day, and listing in the Walk For Wishes Hall of Fame for a year on www.walkforwishesbayarea.org. Click here to learn more about the incentives for individuals and teams.
Share Your Donation To Inspire Others
Studies show that people who make a donation to their own fundraising efforts ultimately raise more in donations from other people than those who don't. Making a personal donation is a great way to show your network that Make-A-Wish isn't something you're just asking them to support, but that you're a supporter too! Once you've made your self-donation, don't forget to share it on Facebook and Twitter for all to see!
Help Make-A-Wish Even If You Can't Attend
You can still help to grant wishes for a local kid in your community even if you can't attend this wonderful Make-A-Wish event. Consider making a car donation to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of kids living in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Oakland, and Fremont. When a child has their greatest wish granted, they are given the chance to feel like a celebrity for a day, but it also gives them the hope and strength that they need to get through the difficulties that they are faced with.
Wheels For Wishes accepts vehicles in any condition so Make-A-Wish can continue to grant wishes for local kids in your community. Donate a car, truck, SUV, RV, motorcycle, or boat, and help turn your unwanted vehicle into a wish come true.
To donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, please call [chapter_phone] or fill out our easy vehicle donation form. You won't regret it.
Summer is just starting to pick up, which means trips to the lake are picking up as well. Hopefully you've got a shiny new boat at your dock. If your boat isn't so new and this will be the last season you'll be using it, you're probably looking at options for trading up to a bigger or better boat. If that’s your plan, there’s a much easier solution to selling or trading in a boat that you could get little-to-no money.
After investing time and energy into listing a boat and showing it off to potential buyers, it’s a huge disappointment when you are unable to sell it for the price you were hoping for. This can all change with boat donation.
Donate A Boat To Charity And Get A Tax Deduction
Instead of selling or trading in a boat, consider donating it to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish. Wheels For Wishes is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we can help turn your boat, old or new, into a wish for a local child in your area. Your boat will help grant a wish for a local child and also get you a great tax deduction, which could help you buy yourself a new boat in time for next spring.
When you think of donations, you tend to think that you’re giving something away but not getting much in return. When you donate a boat and trailer to charity, you are also getting a great tax deduction at tax time. Your 2015 tax deduction could go toward the purchase of a new boat and could be parked at your house just in time to take out next season.
We Take Boats In Almost Any Condition
We are happy to accept all different types of vehicles, whether they are cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles, Jet Skis, or boats – as long as it has a trailer. Along with getting you the most out of your donation, our goal is to help your local Make-A-Wish chapter.
If you have questions regarding your boat donation, do not hesitate to give us a call and we will answer all of your questions! You can also check out our donation guide to find everything you need to know about donating a boat, car, truck, SUV, RV, or motorcycle.
Turn Your Old Boat Into New
Your used boat can easily be transformed into so much more when it’s donated to Wheels For Wishes. Not only does it save you time, money, and stress, but it also gets you a great tax deduction and helps grant wishes for a local child in your area. Sure, your boat can help purchase a new boat for yourself, but most importantly, you will feel great knowing that your boat helped to grant wishes for a local child. We make the most out of each and every donation. Even if you think your boat isn’t worth much, it can mean the world to a child.
If donated boats cannot be auctioned off to new owners, they are recycled and reused to build new boats, so you are also contributing to the green movement and helping to create jobs. Your old boat can become so much more!
When you are ready to donate your boat, please call us at [chapter_phone] or fill out our boat donation form. You will not regret donating your boat to a reputable and well-known charity that benefits your local Make-A-Wish chapter.
You may have heard about the leukemia-beating 5-year-old, dubbed Batkid, who inspired hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Instagram users to cheer him on back in November 2013. Now's your chance to see the new film starring the Batkid himself! June 26 is the opening weekend of Batkid Begins in select theatres.
On July 25, you won't want to miss the annual Oyster race taking place in downtown Denver. This urban adventure race features a new secret course each year, making it a fresh challenge each time. Whether you're on your own or with a team of friends, you'll have a blast biking, running, and walking through the city completing a series of obstacles, puzzles, and other challenges. Best of all, the event benefits Make-A-Wish Colorado and helps them grant more wishes for local kids. Register today to claim your spot!
This summer, there are a few great opportunities to benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois. If you have an unwanted vehicle that you no longer want or need, vehicle donation might be the perfect opportunity for you to help Make-A-Wish Illinois. Not only is vehicle donation green and eco-friendly, but it also helps to fund wishes for kids living in areas like Chicago, Springfield, Peoria, Joliet, Rockford, East Saint Louis, and Aurora. Vehicle donation also gets you a great tax deduction, plus free pick up or towing of your vehicle.
Are you looking for ways to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana this summer? If you are, we have plenty of opportunities for you to help make wishes come true for kids in areas like Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Louisville and Lexington. You can donate your car to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, or participate in one of three upcoming Walk For Wishes events taking place in Columbus, Indianapolis, and Cleveland.
June 21 is officially the first day of summer, and car repairs are the last thing you want to deal with when the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising. With many fun summer events right around the corner, you’ll want a reliable vehicle to get you around on the days where you can’t walk or bike to your destination. If you’re ready to upgrade your vehicle to a newer make or model, consider donating a car to our vehicle donation charity, Wheels For Wishes.
If you're looking for a great way to help wishes come true for Connecticut children this summer, don't miss Sunflowers For Wishes this July. Now in its 12th year, Sunflowers For Wishes has raised nearly $1 million in donations. If you'd like a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers to brighten your home, be sure to stop by the Buttonwood Farm (473 Shetucket Turnpike) in Griswold July 18-26.
This July, golfers and motorcyclists have three great opportunities to help grant wishes in Iowa. This July there are two Wish Upon A Par events and one Wish Ride that you can attend to benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Your attendance will help grant wishes in places like Des Moines, Davenport, Cedar Rapids and everywhere in between.
If you're looking for a fun activity that helps a great cause this July, you have seven opportunities through Make-A-Wish South Dakota! With three golf events and several other happenings, there's something for everyone this summer. Get out your golf clubs, your motorcycle, or bring the family out to one of these events to help Make-A-Wish South Dakota grant more wishes to deserving kids this year.
June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day, a day to celebrate people whose lives have been affected by cancer. People who have beaten cancer, those who have been just diagnosed, and their families and communities can all feel hope and inspiration by celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD).
World Environment Day (WED) falls on June 5 of every year and is the biggest day for positive environmental action. Plus, it’s easy to get involved! There are plenty of activities to partake in around the world, and you can even register an event of your own. Help to encourage worldwide environmental awareness on WED and make a difference during this year’s theme of "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."