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 $12,000 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!

Wish Jump 2015

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Wish Jumper Agnes Knott at Wish Jump 2014.

Wish Jump 2015, the fifth annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is preparing for take off! Last year was a record year, raising the most money since Wish Jump began in 2011 – $42,000! Money raised from this event is used by Make-A-Wish NENY to grant wishes to kids and teens with life-threatening medical conditions who live in the 518 area code. Since the Wish Jump fundraiser began in 2011, over $108,000 has been raised.

Wish Jump 2015 will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. Last year was our first time at The Ranch, and it was an incredible day. 25 Wish Jumpers completed their jumps smoothly from an altitude of 13,000 feet in about three hours! We can’t thank them enough for accommodating us, and we can’t wait to return.

This year we are planning to have about 40 Wish Jumpers, the biggest group in Wish Jump history. There are still spots available! If you are interested in raising money for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, and skydiving with us in July, please email Mary Kenney at wishjump@gmail.com for details.

Stay tuned for details about Wish Jump 2015, including this years team of Wish Jumpers, including Bill Trigg, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, who will be skydiving with us again this year – his fifth skydive! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WishJump2015 for more news and updates.

Thank you for your continued support!