Orange County, Calif. (August 1, 2022) – Today, Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire and John Wayne Airport kick off Trips That Transform, a monthlong celebration of the travel wishes granted to children battling critical illnesses and the donors that make them possible.
With 75 percent of wishes requiring air travel, Make-A-Wish needs more than 40 million airline miles annually to fulfill travel wishes for children and their families living in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Now more than ever, local wish kids with critical illnesses are depending on the ongoing generosity of individual and corporate donors who contribute their unused airline miles, expiring travel points and dollars.
To support granting more wishes in the local community, John Wayne Airport will promote the Trips That Transform campaign to its guests throughout the month of August with visual displays throughout the Terminal encouraging travelers to donate airline miles.
“We are thrilled to partner with Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire to help grant more travel wishes,” said Charlene Reynolds, Airport Director. “We encourage all who travel through John Wayne Airport to join us by donating their unused, low-balance or soon-to-expire miles to help wish kids take flight.”
Once donated to Make-A-Wish, airline miles and points never expire, and each goes on to help wish kids and their families take flight to destinations around the world. Travelers can donate airline miles and points at ocair.com/wish
“Travel wishes are more than a trip; they are often an essential component of a wish kid’s treatment plan. In our recent Wish Impact Study, we found that 90% of medical providers observed children increase their compliance with treatment after learning they would receive a wish,” said Gloria Jetter Crockett, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “We are extremely grateful for John Wayne Airport, who plays a vital role in giving children a world of hope when they need it most through life-changing wish trips.”
To learn more about how a wish come true can transform the lives of everyone involved, follow Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire and John Wayne Airport and #JWAWishes on social media.
About Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire
Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because every child deserves a childhood. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the organization in 1980, paving the way for the creation of the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire chapter in 1983. Since our chapter’s founding, more than 7,500 have been granted for children in the local community. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 34,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire and 59 other chapters throughout the U.S. have granted more than 350,000 wishes nationwide. For more information about Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, visit wish.org/ocie
About John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange. The Airport serves more than 10 million passengers annually and reaches more than 40 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at www.ocair.com. Like us on facebook.com/johnwayneairport, or follow us on Twitter @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.
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