Every October of every year will be “Fashion 4 a Cause Day” where the fashion community in Colorado works together towards a cause. The cause can be a Charity Organization or even a family in need. Through our annual event we will donate 100% of ticketing and raffles proceeds to the chosen charity. This year we are all working together to make a wish come true for a child from Make -A-Wish Foundation Colorado.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish®experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
In 1983, Joan Mazak and many family members, friends and community supporters were working hard to raise the $500,000 it would cost for her 7-year-old daughter, Jennifer, to have a liver transplant.
Meanwhile, Jennifer received a special visit from the KIMN Chicken, a popular local radio mascot. Joan marveled at how the radio station had heard of Jennifer’s interest in meeting the mascot and their willingness to send him to their home.
Jennifer passed away just two weeks after her visit from the KIMN Chicken. Remembering how much the visit had lifted Jennifer’s spirits, Joan decided that the funds she and many others had raised for the transplant could help other children. When Joan heard of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, she knew it was the perfect way to honor Jennifer’s memory.
Nearly 30 years later, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado is proud that it’s been able to grant every eligible, referred child’s wish
Every fulfilled wish represents a unique collaboration between wish families, medical professionals, volunteers and donors. Wish granting truly is a magical, yet comprehensive and dynamic process.
The magic of wish granting usually begins with a referral call to the Make-A-Wish FoundationR of Colorado by a physician or social worker; however, the family or even the prospective wish child may do the referral.
After contact is made with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a medical authorization form is sent to the child’s primary physician. Upon medical approval, a team of volunteers schedule an initial wish visit to discover the child’s wish. Staff and volunteers then work the magic for the child’s wish to come true. There are four steps to granting a wish (see more information below). Each step builds on the next to help create the amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles.
A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It’s the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future.