Milwaukee Walk & Run for Wishes Expecting Nearly 3,000 Participants, Raising
Funds to Help Grant Wishes
5K or 1 mile walk, run and wheelchair race, August 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. starting and finishing at the north end of the Henry Maier Festival Grounds
Butler, WI – On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin will host the 26th annual Walk & Run for Wishes. Presented by Johnson Controls and Luxaire Heating and Air Conditioning, the 5K or 1 mile walk, run and wheelchair race will take place along Milwaukee’s lakefront, starting and finishing at the north end of the Maier Festival Grounds. An anticipated crowd of 3,000 participants will include men, women and children of all ages and wish kid frontrunner, Victoria Anderson along with numerous other wish children and families.
Chaired by Vince Condella, Chief Meteorologist of FOX6, the family-friendly event opens at 8:30 a.m. with live music by the Mission River Band, local mascots and family activities at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Kids Zone, including bounce houses, a spelunking cave, face painting and kids’ tattoos. Opening ceremonies emceed by Murphy & Meg from Oldies 95.7 will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk & Run will start at 10:00 a.m.
Walkers and runners will return to the north end of the Festival grounds for closing ceremonies, awards and refreshments. Participants also receive free entry to Mexican Fiesta with their Walk & Run t-shirt from noon – 3:00 p.m. that day. Sponsors include Badger Mutual Insurance Company, Frigo Cheese Heads, Runzheimer International, Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Miracle on Canal Street, FOX6, Oldies 95.7 and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with event support by Mexican Fiesta and Milwaukee County Parks.
To register or for more information, please visit www.walkforwishes.com or call 800.236.WISH.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors’ visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward.
Since the Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984, more than 4,800 families statewide can attest to the power of a wish. Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 325 wishes and currently more than 250 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. For more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin or to learn how you can make a difference, please call 800.236.WISH or visit