Components Company employees teamed up on Saturday, Aug. 26, for the Milwaukee Make-A-Wish Walk. In doing so, CCI was part of a citywide effort that exceeded the $175,000 goal for the walk that day.
The Make-A-Wish foundation is funded by donations from volunteers and supporters to fulfill the organization’s vision to grant the wishes of children who are afflicted with life-threatening medical conditions.
The idea of Make-A-Wish began back in 1980 when a 7-year-old little boy from Arizona named Chris, who was dying from leukemia, was granted his wish of becoming a police officer.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Richard Cox heard about Chris through his wife. Chris’s mother was one of his wife’s friends. When he heard about Chris’s wish to become a police officer, he did what he could to make it happen.
He invited Chris and his parents to take a tour of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and gave Chris a badge making him Arizona’s first and only honorary DPS officer.
Chris died about a month later; but his legacy became the premise for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
As stated on the Make-A-Wish website:
A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses.
Milwaukee Make-A-Wish Walk
The Milwaukee Make-A-Wish chapter hosts a walk once a year. This year’s began at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds) at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Attendees could choose to do a 5K walk or run as well as a 1-mile walk.
Attendees who raised $100 or more received a T-shirt and all could receive free admission to Mexican Fiesta that day from noon to 3 p.m. on the Summerfest Grounds.
But more importantly, the Milwaukee Make-A-Wish chapter volunteers and supporters exceeded the $175,000 goal.
Components Company was proud to participate in the walk and be counted among more than 2,000 walkers who raised the money that will grant more than 50 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
We look forward to next year’s Make-A-Wish Walk on Aug. 25, 2018. We hope you will join us!