Many wishes will come true for children fighting life-threatening illnesses, thanks to the generosity of Local 4 viewers.
More than 2.5 million frequent flier miles were donated Wednesday in a "mile-a-thon" event hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com. Viewers also donated more than $3,800.
Many major airlines -- including Delta, United and US Airways -- allow frequent flier program members to donate to Make-A-Wish Michigan. Once miles are donated, they never expire.
Nearly 80 percent of the wish requests Make-A-Wish Michigan receives involve air travel. The donated miles will be used to make these "Wish Trips" possible.
There are currently more than 450 eligible children in Michigan dreaming about and planning their wishes.
This summer, Robert Wegener's 9-year-old daughter Madison had the chance to experience her wish to visit Alaska.
"These kids go through so much. For them to have a chance to do something they really want to do, and be a kid, and not worry about the hospitals and the doctors, I don't think you can put a value on it," said Wegener.
Miles and monetary donations are still being collected. To donate, click here.