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Make-A-Wish® South Dakota grants record-breaking 80 wishes as they close fiscal year


August 31, 2018



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 

Number of wishes increases by more than 10 percent

SIOUX FALLS, SD – August 31, 2018 – On the last day of its fiscal year, Make-A-Wish South Dakota today announced it granted 80 life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses in our state from September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.  This is the highest number of wishes ever granted in South Dakota.

“A wish is empowering and life-affirming,” said Sue Salter, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota.  “When a wish comes true, it creates strength, hope and transformation.  Our staff, board of directors, medical advisors, volunteers and donors all played a vital role in making wishes come true for these 80 kids across our state.” 

Additionally, the South Dakota chapter provided four wish assists to kids from other states whose wish was to travel to South Dakota.  Those wishes allow the South Dakota chapter to assist the child’s home-state chapter in putting the details in place for a transformational wish experience.

“The vision for our chapter is to grant the wish of every eligible child in our state,” said Gina Hopkins, Board chair of Make-A-Wish South Dakota.  “The increased number of wishes represents growth of 11 percent in a single year, and indicates our outreach and awareness efforts are working. We look forward to more growth because wishes improve a child’s quality of life, giving them a better chance of recovering.”

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Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish South Dakota granted 72 wishes statewide last fiscal year and has granted more than 1,375 wishes since its founding in 1984.  To qualify for a wish a child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and facing a critical illness.  There are about 80 kids in the process of receiving a wish.  For more information about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, visit

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Sioux Falls, SD  57104

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Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 335-8000
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