Dec 1, 2014 8:57 PM
Make-A-Wish NH receives big donation; hits milestone
MANCHESTER - The Make-A-Wish NH foundation received another $30,000 tonight, making total donations from the NH Credit Union League for 2014 at about $210,000.
The latest funds from the NHCUL also marked a milestone in for their donations, totalling more than $2 million.
According to Make-A-Wish NH President/CEO Julie Baron, the foundation has granted wishes to 1,237 eligible children in the state since the 1980s.
"It all started about 18 years ago when the credit unions of New Hampshire decided to partner with Make-A-Wish so that we could bring wishes to life," Baron told NH1 News.
Thanks to unique donors, like the NHCUL,they're able to grant between 80 and 90 wishes each year.
"Credit unions and our members have been very, very generous -our members step up. We have in-branch promotions where the members have a chance to donate to Make-A-Wish and they really help us out," said Ronald Covey, President/CEO of St. Mary's Bank.
Tonight, the foundation granted a wish to 8-year-old Amy Kindstedt, of Rye, who has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
So far, Amy's mother said her daughter has had 8 surgeries; her left lung and diaphragm have been removed, too.
Kindstedt loves American Girl Dolls, and wished to visit their headquarters in Wisconsin.
Tonight, her wish was granted - and her family will leave for their trip in two weeks.