Wish Jump Eve

Every year, in the final days before Jump day, I’m overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude. Not because feeling grateful is now trendy, with lifestyle and business publications telling me to feel this way to achieve success and happiness (and to slap a hashtag on it to make it real aka #blessed), but because it’s a genuine emotion that runs so deep it stops me in my tracks over and over in the days leading up to the event.

As the donations rise in the last days before Jump day, I’m blown away by the generosity of our donors, large and small. The act of making a donation tells me that each and every donor cares about the mission of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York – to grant the heartfelt wish of every child and teen diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition who lives in the 518. As a volunteer wish granter for our local chapter, I have seen first-hand the power of a wish. I want donors to know that the wishes they make possible are truly healing and life-changing for our wish kids. The impact is real – I can’t stress this enough.

Aside from raising money that make wishes come true, what I love most about this event are the people involved, the Wish Jumpers. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for your hard work and commitment to seeking donations from family, friends, and sometimes even your employers. For the Wish Jumpers who participate year after year, I know it’s challenging to go back to the same well for donations, and I’m grateful that you do it each year, and for your donors who donate year after year. And for the Wish Jumpers who have never done any kind of fundraising, or skydived, thank you for embracing the process with enthusiasm. Please know that each email that exclaims, “I’M SO EXCITED!” makes my heart soar.

In the last two years, Wish Jump has had the honor of having three former wish kids and four wish parents participate as Wish Jumpers. I’m so thrilled that you’ve chosen Wish Jump as a way to pay it forward, and make it possible for wishes to come true for other wish kids and their families.

Aside from wishes being granted, Wish Jump has resulted in multiple friendships, countless memories, one skydive certification, and one marriage – congratulations to Wish Jumper Heather Wells (Wish Jump 2012 and 2013) and her first tandem instructor Tom Wells, who were married in June!

Thank you to every Wish Jumper and donor for making this event a success. I’m genuinely and deeply grateful for each of you. We’ll see you back on the ground tomorrow. This ain’t no bake sale!

xo

Mary Kenney

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The impact of Wish Jump

It’s 2015, and Wish Jump is now five years old. My my, they grow up so fast! The fifth annual Wish Jump skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. If you’re just hearing about this event for the first time, here’s what you’ve missed so far…

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Wish Jumper Cecily Bailey at Wish Jump 2014.

2011 – The inaugural skydive fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York was launched in October and took place at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures. It was called “Lawyers Leap for Wishes.” The plan was to get a bunch of lawyers together to raise money and jump out of an airplane – because who wouldn’t pay to see their lawyer jump out of a plane, right?! Turns out most lawyers don’t want to jump out of a perfectly fine airplane. That year, we had 9 jumpers, including 2 lawyers and Bill Trigg, CEO of Make-A-Wish NENY. $8,000 was raised, money that was used to grant wishes to kids and teens living in the 518 area code with life-threatening medical conditions.

2012 – Forget the lawyers, everybody’s welcome. The fundraiser is re-named “Wish Jump” and 26 Wish Jumpers were recruited, including Bill Trigg, CEO of Make-A-Wish NENY. The event took place in August at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures, and was warmer and sunnier than the year before. $26,000 was raised, money that is used to grant wishes to kids and teens living in the 518 area code with life-threatening medical conditions.

2013 – The third annual Wish Jump takes place at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures. This year the event took place on the last Saturday in July, and it turns out the third time really is a charm. That year the decision was made to hold the event each year on the last Saturday of July. We had 24 Wish Jumpers including Bill Trigg, CEO of Make-A-Wish NENY. $32,000 was raised, money that is used to grant wishes to kids and teens living in the 518 area code with life-threatening medical conditions.

2014 – The fourth annual Wish Jump takes place. This year, the event is moved to a larger drop zone, Skydive the Ranch, in Gardiner, New York. The larger facility was fantastic to accommodate our group, and the event has found a new home. There were 25 Wish Jumpers, including two wish parents, and two former wish kids, both who have survived cancer. Bill Trigg, CEO of Make-A-Wish NENY participates again, proving his dedication to the organization. $42,000 is raised. This money was used to help grant the following wishes:

Andrew,  18, Graville, I wish to go to the The Great Escape and Lodge with my family

Alexis, 5, Wilton, I wish to go to Walt Disney World

Jacob, 10, Hudson Falls, I wish to go deep sea fishing

Jonathan, 8, Troy, I wish to go to Disney World

Marilyn 7, Queensbury, I wish to go to Disney World

Kolbi, 11, For Edward, I wish to go to Disney World

Matthew, 5, Hoosick Falls, I wish to have a room makeover

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Wish Jumper and former Wish Teen, Rachael Murray. Falling from 13,500 feet at Wish Jump 2014.

Wish Jumper and former wish child Matt Dydych at Wish Jump 2014. 13,500 feet.

Wish Jumper and former wish child Matt Dydych at Wish Jump 2014. 13,500 feet.

2015 – The fifth annual Wish Jump is underway. The event is scheduled for July 25, 2015. Currently we have 26 Wish Jumpers, and $26,000 has been raised so far. Our goal is $50,000. If you would like to help us reach this goal, please check out our donation page. If your company would like to be a sponsor of this unique event, that is the only skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish in the country, please contact Mary at wishjump@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!