To help fund the hundreds of wishes awarded in our state each year, a dedicated team of staff and volunteers is hard at work at Make-A-Wish Arizona, and we’re proud to say that our senior vice president Ken Krapf is one of Make-A-Wish Arizona’s very active volunteers – and a board member.
You might not know that Make-A-Wish was actually founded in Arizona and continues to be headquartered in Phoenix. Make-A Wish-Arizona, our state organization, granted a record 330 wishes in fiscal 2014 for Arizona children facing life-threatening illnesses, approximately 20 percent of which went to Tucson-area children. Many of the wishes the organization grants are valued at thousands of dollars – a typical wish currently averages $7,500.
Ken oversees Make-A-Wish Arizona’s ambassador board, which is comprised of 25 prominent members of the community who help out by making introductions and raising funds. He has also been instrumental in helping to increase Make-A-Wish’s presence in Tucson. He is working to bring the tremendously successful Walk for Wishes fundraising event to Tucson in September. The already-established Tempe Walk for Wishes raised $270,000 in 2014, which funded 37 wishes.
Knowing that every dollar counts, Ken also started a campaign with Tucson-area retail stores and restaurants to sell Wish Stars. For one dollar, a patron can purchase a Wish Star and have it displayed, and the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish.
As of fall of 2014, Make-A-Wish Arizona had granted almost 5,000 wishes. Current studies show that approximately 540 Arizona children will be diagnosed every year with a life-threatening medical condition that would make them eligible for a wish experience. Click here to learn more about how you can join Ken in helping make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish children.
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