Hundreds of thousands of children have looked forward to basketball legend Michael Jordan throughout his illustrious career, and he has collaborated with Make-A-Wish USA for almost as long.
In 1989, he granted his first wish to the well-known charity that grants the wishes of kids with life-threatening illnesses.
Micheal Jordan celebrated his 60th birthday in a really beautiful way, giving a record-breaking $10 million to Make-A-Wish, according to a press release from the charity.
Throughout the 43-year history of Make-A-Wish, that is the most money any one person has ever given to the charity.
Here is Jordan, who was quoted in the press release and has donated money to Make-A-Wish numerous times over the years, albeit not on this scale:
“It has been an honor for the past 34 years to collaborate with Make-A-Wish and contribute to the joy and smiles of so many children.
It has been very inspiring to see how strong and resilient they have remained during such a trying moment in their life.
There is no better birthday present than for people to join me in helping Make-A-Wish so that every kid can enjoy the magic of having their wish come true.”
Leslie Motter, president, and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish USA, added the following:
“Everyone is aware of Michael’s accomplishments on the basketball court, but for wish families and the larger Make-A-Wish community, it is what he has continuously done when no one is seeing that has made him a true legend.
It is a testament to Michael’s character and his unwavering commitment to improving the lives of kids with life-threatening illnesses that he used his birthday as an opportunity to make history for Make-A-Wish.
By making desires come true, we intend to encourage the public to emulate him.”
The organization Make-A-Wish claims that Jordan’s gift will “establish an investment to provide the finances needed to make future wishes for children with severe illnesses possible.”
It mentions a study from the previous year that showed how children’s desires being granted through the efforts of the organization can lead to better health outcomes. It also makes mention of Katie, a Make-A-Wish youngster who met Jordan through the organization in 2000.
Katie’s encounter with Jordan struck a chord with her so strongly that she later grew up and spent nearly five years working full-time for Make-A-Wish. It is obvious that MJ’s $10 million birthday gift was a wise investment.
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