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Walk for Wishes

March 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wish Makers on Campus, an organization registered with the North Texas Make A Wish affiliate, will be hosting a 5k event to raise money for a deserving Lubbock child’s wish.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a national organization dedicated to granting wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. According to their website, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes. Wishes are granted through the work of the Make-A-Wish staff, volunteers, donors and other supporters, such as Wish Makers on Campus.

Wish Makers on Campus hopes to raise $8,000 to sponsor a Lubbock child’s wish.

Walk for Wishes Poster

Lauren Riddle, a senior at Texas Tech, is the president of Wish Makers on Campus.

“I’m a member of Chi Omega and our philanthropy is Make-A-Wish,” Riddle said, “I really wanted to be more involved in that and really give back to more of those families and kids, so I became really active in Wish Makers on Campus.”

Riddle said it’s been really exciting to see the organization grow in the past two years and become successful. Wish Makers have put on several events to help raise money for the Lubbock Make-A-Wish chapter, such as give back nights at Capital Pizza and Buffalo Wild Wings and a bake sale. However, Riddle said Walk for Wishes is their biggest event yet.

“We’ve really been trying to plan this walk for a while now and now we’re able to really reach out to the community and spread the word,” Riddle said.

The Walk for Wishes will take place on April 18th at the Buddy Holly Recreation Area in North Lubbock starting at 10:30 a.m. The course is 3.5 miles and will take place around the pond. The event will feature a local DJ, Dancers with Soul, and a raffle. Local sponsors will also be present at the event, including Gene Messer Toyota, the walks’ title sponsor.

Chloe Gold, social media director for Wish Makers on Campus, said joining Wish Makers on Campus has been extremely important to her.

“I think the ability to change or impact a child’s life is truly just spectacular. The fact that a kid can go through something so horrible as a life threatening disease and still be able to have a moment where they kind of get to stop and be a child again is awesome,” Gold said, “Just being a part of their lives for that small moment is such a great opportunity.”

Gold said as a college student, it’s important to give back to the community.

“I think we have such a tendency to get wrapped up in ourselves and wrapped up in what we’re doing, so the ability to stop and think about someone else that is in a predicament or some different situation that we’re not in…it’s just a truly humbling experience and I think every college student should have the ability and want the ability to do that for someone else,” Gold said.

Caitlin Kidd, Vice President of Wish Makers on Campus, said she hopes to include the Make-A-Wish organization in her life after she graduates this May.

“I think helping the community makes you a better person. When you’re reaching out to the people who it’s affecting, it makes you feel good inside…and what’s better than to help the community?” Kidd said.

Registration for the walk costs $25 and is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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