Indianapolis women raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

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The W.I.S.H. honorees: Karen Bender (Syracuse), Mary Boelke (Indianapolis), Erin Butler (Fishers), Christine Dunn (Indianapolis), Kim Howell (Carmel), Holly Kirsh (Carmel), Sally Longoria (Mooresville), Marilin Martinez-Walker (Carmel), Michelle Matiya (Indianapolis) Tiffany McCorkle (McCordsville), Jessica Nickloy (Noblesville), Kay Pashos (Carmel), Mel Raines (Indianapolis), Elizabeth Sheets (Fishers), Anne White (Carmel) and Heather Wilson (Indianapolis).

The W.I.S.H. honorees: Karen Bender (Syracuse), Mary Boelke (Indianapolis), Erin Butler (Fishers), Christine Dunn (Indianapolis), Kim Howell (Carmel), Holly Kirsh (Carmel), Sally Longoria (Mooresville), Marilin Martinez-Walker (Carmel), Michelle Matiya (Indianapolis) Tiffany McCorkle (McCordsville), Jessica Nickloy (Noblesville), Kay Pashos (Carmel), Mel Raines (Indianapolis), Elizabeth Sheets (Fishers), Anne White (Carmel) and Heather Wilson (Indianapolis).

Sixteen women from throughout the Indianapolis area have collected over $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at the inaugural Women Inspiring Strength and Hope (W.I.S.H.) luncheon at Conrad Indianapolis, according to a news release.

The money will provide funds to grant 12 wishes to kids facing various life-threating medical conditions. According to the press release, each child is paired with one of the 16 women who were responsible for raising at least $8,000 to cover the average costs of a wish.

“The efforts of these women are life-changing for thousands of children in the Tri-State area,” Doug Kelly, President and CEO for Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana said in the news release. “A granted wish is an essential part of the treatment process. In fact, 89 percent of medical professionals say that the wish experience positively influences wish kids’ physical health.”

Thanks to the W.I.S.H. women, comprised of supporters, professional leaders, Wish Moms and women, there has been a huge, diverse, positive effort made toward making children’s dreams come true.

Some dreams include trips to Legoland in San Diego, Walt Disney World and a shopping trip in New York.

“Many parents tell us that a wish allows their family to just be ‘normal’ again – and it is a break from worrying daily about treatments, finances and battling the disease. It’s just a great time to be together without any worries,” Kelly said in the news release. “And that kind of family time is priceless.”

Andrea is a Journalism major at IU Bloomington. Originally from Boston, she aspires to build a career in women's magazines and change the way women are portrayed in mainstream media.

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