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Pegram’s Tessa Brantley is a Wish Ambassador for Make-A-Wish® Season of Wishes Campaign

Tessa’s Story is Presented by Zaxby’s

Tessa Brantley has been selected as a Wish Ambassador for this year’s Season of Wishes campaign. Throughout November and December, a Wish Ambassador’s story will be featured in area media during the campaign.

Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee is presenting these stories in order to both encourage families to contact their office if they have a child with a life-threatening medical condition, and to inspire Middle Tennesseans to give of their time, talents, or treasures to support its mission to grant a wish to every eligible child.

Tessa’s Story:

Wish: To see the ocean for the very first time

Tessa wished to see the ocean for the very first time, so it was no surprise that she immediately ran into the water when she and her family arrived on the sandy beach! After two years of battling leukemia, 7-year old Tessa Brantley told her wish granters at Make-A-Wish that all she wanted was a beach vacation with her family. Tessa talked and dreamed about touching the sand, hearing the seagulls, body-surfing the waves, and seeing a dolphin with family. Sheila, Tessa’s mom shares “Make-A-Wish made the impossible turn into possible and everything Tessa wished for came true on her trip to the ocean. There are very few moments that come close to touching the joy that we as parents and siblings felt witnessing her euphoria.”

About the Season of Wishes® Campaign:

Season of Wishes is a national holiday-themed umbrella campaign designed to activate corporations and consumers to support Make-A-Wish® during the most prolific spending period of the year. The campaign focuses on granting wishes for children across the United States during the holiday season. Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee is celebrating Season of Wishes®by telling wish stories and encouraging individuals to support businesses and events that are raising funds to help grant more wishes. The average cost of a wish is $7,000, but any amount can help grant a wish and provide hope, strength, and joy to a child with a life-threatening illness. Anyone can join Make-A-Wish® in celebrating the spirit of holiday giving. You can discover the many ways to share the power of a wish® with family and friends during the Season of Wishes® or call 615-221-2200 x112 or send your donation Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee, 8119 Isabella Lane, Suite 105A Brentwood, TN 37027.

About Zaxby’s: Zaxby’s is a franchised restaurant chain that was built around “chicken fingers,” and operates primarily in the Southeastern United States, with 500 locations. Childhood pals Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley dreamed up Zaxby’s one day while they were playing a pick-up basketball game. The rest, as they say, is chicken history. For more information

About Make-A-Wish®: Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since inception. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants an average 100 wishes a year in 38 counties. For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

About Granting Wishes:

There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next to help create the amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles.

Step 1: Referral

We rely on medical professionals, parents and children themselves for referrals. Children older than 2 ½ years old and younger than 18 at the time of referral who have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization may be eligible for a wish.

Step 2: Medical eligibility

A child’s medical eligibility is determined with the help of the treating physician. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition – i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy.

Step 3: Finding the true wish

We send one of our enthusiastic wish teams to learn the child’s one true wish. These passionate volunteers connect with wish children and help explore their imaginations for the experience that will delight and inspire them.

Step 4: Creating joy

Wish managers and wish granting volunteers work together to ensure that each child receives an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. Each wish is as special and unique as the wish child who dreams it. It’s an incredible experience that enriches not just the lives of the children and their families, but often an entire community.

To refer a Middle Tennessee child with a life-threatening medical condition, call 615-221-2200. (If you are a friend or relative of a potentially eligible child, we ask that you speak to the family personally and encourage them to call us directly).

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