World Wish Day Virtual Telethon

In partnership with Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia, 8News hosted a virtual telethon on World Wish Day, Thursday, April 29, 2021.

In the months leading up to the telethon, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia granted more than a dozen wishes including playhouses, playsets, puppies, room makeovers, and virtual shopping sprees. One especially creative child even received the ultimate digital artist set up to help them create 3D art.

Your donations helped us raise funds to continue granting special wishes for children in our area with critical illnesses. The kids wished for music rooms, gaming and computer setups, and dogs (which make great friends and are a source of unlimited cuddles). You helped make those dreams come true.

You can continue donating to our World Wish Day Telethon online after the event. Remember, a wish begins with hope, and hope begins with you.

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Interview with CEO of Make-A-Wish Sheri Lambert live on Good Morning Richmond. Lambert said that a wish is a transformational moment not just for the child battling a critical illness but their family as well.

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