Donate your miles and make a child's dreams come true!

Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit "mile-a-thon" collects millions of miles

Author: Sarah Mayberry, M.P.H., Local 4 Health Producer, @4goodhealth
Published On: Oct 03 2013 04:28:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2013 11:05:42 AM EDT
DETROIT -

Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit are partnering with Make-A-Wish Michigan to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

Click here  to donate your air miles or money today!

Since 1984, the organization has granted more than 7,500 wishes.  Right now, there are more than 450 eligible children dreaming and planning their wishes, and nearly 80 percent of those wishes will involve air travel.

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.

Robert Wegener's 9-year-old daughter Madison had the chance to experience her wish to visit Alaska. 

STORY: Foundation helps girl's dream trip to Alaska come true

---Madison feeding a musk-ox on her recent trip to 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.

The wish experience is priceless, but it does take a lot of money and miles to make it all possible.  The average cost of a round-trip continental U.S. airline ticket from Michigan is roughly $400, or 50,000 miles, and the average international or Hawaii airline ticket ranges from $900 - $1,200, or 90,000 - 120,000 miles.

To help make children's wishes come true, miles or money can be donated now by clicking here.

IMAGES: Make-A-Wish Michigan telethon

Published On: Oct 09 2013 01:54:08 PM EDT
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