Late summer and early fall is a great time to get outside. In some parts of the country, it’s the last chance to get out and enjoy the warm weather before winter comes. Plus you get to see some the beauty of fall with the leaves changing colors. For Make-A-Wish chapters across the country, it’s an opportunity for one last Walk For Wishes fundraiser before winter.

In September and October there are six chapters hosting walks around the country and each offer an opportunity to help Make-A-Wish chapters reach their goals of helping a wish come true to a child with a critical illness.

Metro and Western New York Walk For Wishes

Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y., is hosting the Metro and Western New York walk on Sept. 6. Families, friends, corporations, clubs and schools are invited to walk together and raise funds for local children facing critical illnesses. Raise $100 or more to get a commemorative event t-shirt. 

Walk For Wishes – West Michigan

The 2014 Walk for Wishes – West Michigan is moving to a new location this year for its Sept. 13 event: the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. This fun walk through the zoo will feature fun activities and food for the participants, as walkers help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. The fee is $15 for registrants ages 18 and up, and free for virtual participants and those 17 and under. Last year’s Walk For Wishes – West Michigan raised more than $88,000.

Vermont Walk For Wishes

Gather friends and families at the beautiful Shelburne Museum (6000 Shelburne Road) in Shelburne on Sept. 14. Get your friends, family, and colleagues to join you and invest in the Make-A-Wish mission. Join us at the 2014 Walk for Wishes at the beautiful Shelburne Museum. Online registration is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12-17, $5 for children 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. With your registration fee enjoy unlimited access for the day to the Shelburne Museum, a picnic lunch, a commemorative Walk for Wishes t-shirt, and all Walk for Wishes activities.

Northeast New York Walk For Wishes

Sept. 20 marks the first Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Walk For Wishes. This family-friendly, handicap-accessible event will cover 2 miles, with a 1-mile option available. The walk will start with a ‘Victory Lap’ in the stadium led by Wish Kids and their families at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy.

The opening ceremony is at 11:45 a.m. with the walk starting at noon. There will be food, fun and games after the walk, as well as an awards ceremony. There is no registration charge to walk in the event, but raising money will qualify you for different levels of rewards. 

Suffolk County Walk For Wishes

Dowling College’s Brookhaven campus in Shirley hosts the second Make-A-Wish Suffolk County Walk For Wishes on Sept. 28. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 11 a.m. Pre-Registration is $25 per person (before Sept. 15) and includes a t-shirt, time chip and race number. Late registration is $30 per person after 9/15/2014 and does not include a t-shirt. You can register online or call the office for more information at (631) 585-9474.

Arizona Walk For Wishes

The Make-A-Wish Arizona 2014 Walk for Wishes presented by is in Tempe on Sunday, Oct. 5th at Tempe Marketplace. The event is a 3K fun run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk at Tempe Marketplace. You can connect with Arizona wish kids by signing up to represent one of our four wish types: “I Wish to BE,” “I Wish to GO,” “I Wish to MEET,” and “I Wish to HAVE.” Each wish type is color-coded and all registered runners and walkers receive a wristband of a wish type “color” with the name of a child who was granted that type of wish. Registration is free, and you can sign up online.

No Walk Near You? Help Make-A-Wish Anyway

I you can’t make one of the Walk for Wishes events but still want to help Make-A-Wish, we have a way that is a win-win. Wheels For Wishes is a car donation charity that benefits Make-A-Wish chapters around the county. If you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage, please donate it to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish. Your car donation will be transformed into a magical wish for a child, and you can truly feel great about that.

To donate a vehicle, please call 1-855-278-9474 or fill out our online donation form. You can also find the Make-A-Wish chapter that Wheels For Wishes supports nearest you. Car donation is easy; even if you aren’t sure how to donate a car, our experienced car donation representatives will walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have. We will pick-up or tow away your vehicle at no cost to you in almost any city in the country. Your car can be out of your garage and on its way to making a difference in the life a Wish Kid in only a few weeks. Make the call today!