New Haven - Make-A-Wish Foundation

New Haven - Make-A-Wish Foundation
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Tehya, 18, suffers from skeletal malformation and "Wished" a fundraising event for the homeless


The AYA, Yale Club of New Haven, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and
The Mory's Association 
 proudly announce a new partnership to help children
with life-threatening medical conditions


Dear member of the New Haven-area Yale Alumni family,

Each year, nearly 25,000 volunteers of the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant “wishes” for children nationwide with life-threatening medical conditions.  "Wishes" strengthen children and their families, rally communities together, and change the lives of everyone involved.  “Wishes are good medicine,” says Dr. Joseph McNamara, veteran pediatric oncologist/hematologist and Associate Professor at Yale School of Medicine, “The Make-A-Wish experience is an important part of treatment and therapy for the patient and for the patient’s family.”  Learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Connecticut HERE.

The Make-A-Wish Foundaton is seeking volunteers from the Yale Alumni family in the New Haven area; your entrepreneurial spirit and desire to positively impact the lives of children is needed.

Interested in learning more? Here is a brief snapshot of this life-changing service opportunity:

As a member of a small volunteer team, you will help a child identify and deliver their most heartfelt wish.  "Wishes" have been in many forms and have included trips to Disneyland, meeting an admired adult, or, like Tehya (pictured above), organizing a fundraiser for the homeless (yes, a young person with a challenging illness "wished" an opportunity to help others; how wonderful is that?).  At every phase of the wish granting process, you will be supported by Make-A-Wish staff who are amply equipped with many resources and contacts.  Once a wish has been delivered, no further commitment is needed (though you may enjoy staying in touch with your new friend and their family).  It will come as no surprise that many volunteers "re-up" mulitiple times to continue serving others.

If this unique service opportunity interests you, please attend an informational meeting to learn more about the initiative to learn and discern how you may best serve these children.  Dr. McNamara of Yale-New Haven Hospital and members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation will present important information and answer your questions.

What:  AYA/Make-A-Wish/Yale Club of New Haven/Mory's Association
Where:  Rose Alumni House, 232 York St., New Haven, Ct.
When:  Tuesday, 30 September, 6 -7:30
Parking:  Metered on-street parking is generally available at this time. Addtionally, inexpensive parking is available at:  Chapel-York Garage, 172 York Street 
Register: and take a 2 question survey HERE 

BONUS:  Following our meeting, you are invited to meet at Mory's for a glass of something "sensible" to continue the conversation!  Our treat!

If you are unavailable on 30 September, but would still like to learn about this partnership, please complete the survey HERE .  You will be contacted by a Make-A-Wish representative. 

We hope to see you at 30 September's informational meeting!

Johnson Flucker '80
AYA liaison for the Yale Alumni family in the New Haven area