HOUSTON AND NEW ORLEANS – October 3, 2012 – When local residents go to a participating Walmart this weekend to take part in the “One Minute. One Million.” campaign sponsored by Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana and no-contract cell phone provider Straight Talk Wireless, they’ll help grant the true, heartfelt wishes of children throughout Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana region.
Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana is encouraging consumers to go to their local Walmart on Saturday (October 6th and 13th) to show their support for Make-A-Wish by taking part in a brief demonstration of a Straight Talk Wireless Android smart phone. For every shopper who participates, Straight Talk Wireless will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, with the ultimate goal of raising $1,000,000. For the locations of the 136 participating Walmarts in the Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana area, go to OneMinuteOneMillion.com.
Teri Andrepont, CEO, Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana highlighted the following examples of the types of wishes that would be supported by the One Minute. One Million. campaign:
* Three year old Emmanuel W. of Houston, TX suffers from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, but that didn’t keep him from enjoying his one true heartfelt wish – a trip to Disney World! After 7 months in the hospital there couldn’t have been a better time for Emmanuel and his family to go on their first ever family vacation. His mom remarked: “…it was so special to relax for a week and not worry about anything.” Emmanuel’s favorite part of the trip was meeting all of the characters, while the family as a whole enjoyed spending time together in the pool where they played for hours.
* Dustin is a 16 year old from Marrero, Louisiana who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. This weakens his musculoskeletal system and delays his movement. However, this did not stop him from having fun on his wish. Dustin’s wish was to visit Florida theme parks. While in Florida, he got to go on a lot of rides and meet many different characters. Because of the public’s support, Dustin’s wish became a reality and now he and his family have memories to last a lifetime.
Teri Andrepont, CEO, Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana, said: “We encourage local residents to take the time to support us through this important campaign. In aligning with Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana, Straight Talk Wireless is helping us reach more kids with life-threatening medical conditions and grant their one true wish. A wish is more than just a nice thing, and its impacts extend further than a just a moment in time. A wish come true can help kids feel stronger, more energetic, and better emotionally and even physically.”
F.J. Pollak, president and CEO, TracFone Wireless Inc., the parent company of Straight Talk Wireless, said: “Straight Talk Wireless offers cell phone users contract-free, unlimited everything service on the nation’s four leading wireless networks for just $45 a month. With Straight Talk, you can get the same phones, same networks, for half the cost. Today, Straight Talk Wireless is helping our customers 'feel richer' in a different way by giving them an opportunity to enrich their communities and the lives of the families and children in them. We look forward to making a difference locally."
To follow or learn more about One Minute. One Million. online at:
Main Web site: OneMinuteOneMillion.com
Straight Talk Facebook: facebook.com/StraightTalkWireless
Straight Talk Twitter: twitter.com/MyStraightTalk
Make-A-Wish Facebook: facebook.com/makeawish
Make-A-Wish Twitter: twitter.com/MakeAWish
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana (http://texgulf.wish.org/) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana is one of 62 chapters throughout the United States and its territories. The Foundation also includes 33 international affiliates spanning five continents. Since 1980, more than 212,800 children have had their dreams fulfilled through the efforts of Make-A-Wish® volunteers and donors. Since our chapter’s inception in 1984, we have granted over 5,200 wishes and in 2010 we granted 409 wishes and during our fiscal year 2011 we granted 439 wishes, which is a new Chapter record! Children from 47 counties in the Texas Gulf Coast area and all 64 parishes of Louisiana benefit from the efforts of this chapter of this Make-A-Wish® chapter.
Straight Talk Wireless® is a brand of TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's largest no-contract cellular service provider in the U.S. with over 21.3 million subscribers, and a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL). AMX is the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of June 30, 2012, it had 251.8 million wireless subscribers - more wireless customers than AT&T and Verizon combined - and 61.2 million fixed revenue generating units in the Americas. For more information about Straight Talk, go to straighttalk.com.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 212,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2011 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A streaming audio replay of a related September 12 news event is available on the Web at wish.org/news and OneMinuteOneMillion.com.