On the week of January 23rd, Make-A-Wish Hawaii welcomed fourteen wish kids to grant their most heartfelt wish – to attend the Pro Bowl. As festivities for the NFL Pro Bowl kicked off, fourteen children from across the country started their experience of a lifetime. Over the course of the next several days, Make-A-Wish Hawaii hosted these children and their families as they attended the Pro Bowl draft, met the Pro Bowl players, attended the Pro Bowl game and experienced fun Hawaii activities in between.
These children, ranging in age from 6 -17 years old and all battling life threatening medical conditions, experienced the life-affirming power of a wish this weekend as they saw their biggest idols in action and soaked in the spirit of aloha. The Pro Bowl wish experience was a combined effort between Make-A-Wish Foundation and the National Football League; Make-A-Wish Hawaii hosts an average of 12 children wishing to see the Pro Bowl each year.
“Every year, over 900 children across the country wish to come to Hawaii as their one true wish and it is our incredible honor to help make those wishes come true,” said Siana Hunt, President and CEO Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “The Pro Bowl is a particularly special wish experience because we have almost 100 wish family members coming together for the ultimate fan experience – each with a unique story and they not only experience the power of a wish, but are able to meet and bond with each other as well.”
Over the course of the weekend, the wish children and their families partook not only in Pro Bowl activities, but Hawaii activities as well. They experienced a luau, visited Pearl Harbor, and spent time on the beach in addition to attending the player meet and greet and the Pro Bowl game.
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