PUBLISHED: 10:55 AM on Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Donating unused frequent flier miles gives wings to seriously ill children's dreams
More than any other major charity in America, the Make-A-Wish Foundation? takes to the skies to fulfill its mission. Each year, it uses thousands of airline tickets to send wish children on experiences all over the world.

Without the help of airlines and thousands of frequent fliers, granting these wishes would be prohibitively expensive. However, most major airlines will allow their customers to transfer frequent flier miles either to the charity of their choice or to a charity fund managed by the airlines. These donations result in substantial savings to the Foundation, at no cost to individuals.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation's need for donated miles grows each year. More than 50 percent of all wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho & Washington require air travel.

"More than half of the wishes we grant every year involve air travel whether to Disney, to meet a celebrity, or to experience the trip of a lifetime," said Barry K. McConnell, Make-A-Wish( president and CEO.

"Donating frequent flier miles is a simple, yet significant way for individuals to keep our kids' heads where they belong-in the clouds."

Frequent flier account holders can easily donate their miles by contacting Trina Cottingham of the Make-A-Wish Foundation at (800) 304-9474 or Interested donors may also call airlines directly.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Each year, hundreds of children throughout the Northwest receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information about the Foundation, including how to help share the power of a wish, (call (800) 304-WISH, or visit