CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – More than 70% of wishes granted involve some sort of travel. The Wishes in Flight® program allows people to donate their unused airline miles to Make-A-Wish® Iowa, directly offsetting the cost of air travel for many wishes. Miles will be matched through Make-A-Wish America through August 31st, 2013.

People or companies interested in donating frequent flyer miles can go to https://flycid.com//www.eiairport.org/about-the-airport/donate-airline-miles/ to donate.



Tuesday, April 30th

1:00 p.m.



The Eastern Iowa Airport



Rob Kelly, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Iowa

Tim Bradshaw, Airport Director, The Eastern Iowa Airport

Heather Wilson, Director of Marketing & Communication, The Eastern Iowa Airport

Wish families who have traveled with Make-A-Wish

Corporations and individuals pledging their support to Make-A-Wish Iowa through the Wishes in Flight program



We want to spread awareness of the Wishes in Flight airline mileage donation program and recognize companies that are supporting Make-A-Wish through their donations. A significant matching grant through Make-A-Wish America has turned this campaign into a huge opportunity for Make-A-Wish Iowa. Make-A-Wish America will match each mile donated on our local website through August 31 up to 1 million miles!

 Make-A-Wish Iowa grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. About 70% of wishes are travel wishes. Airline travel can often be the biggest expense of a trip. By donating airline miles, people are able to significantly offset the cost of wishes.

 About Make-A-Wish Iowa:

  • Grants a wish in Iowa every other day
  • More than 2,700 wishes have been granted in Iowa since our first wish in 1987
  • 169 wishes were granted in our last fiscal year
  • The average wish costs us nearly $8,600 to grant
  • More than 70% of our wishes involve some sort of travel
  • State-wide organization with local committees throughout the state, including the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas
  • Most wishes fall into one of four categories:
    • To Go (travel…Walt Disney World® Resort, Hawaii, LegoLand, Australia)
    • To Have (gift…outdoor playset, hot tub, room redo, computer, pet)
    • To Be (occupational…train engineer, cartoonist, etc.)
    • To Meet (celebrity wishes…athletes, television and movie stars, musicians)
  • Wishes are granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions, not necessarily terminal.

 We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

More information is available on our web site




Make-A-Wish® Iowa

Jamie Rasko

Communications & Grants Manager

(515) 577-0789 Jamier@iowa.wish.org

The Eastern Iowa Airport

Heather Wilson

Director of Marketing & Communication

(319) 731-5719 H.Wilson@crairport.org


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