The picture above was taken this morning as Tony was arriving home from WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando Florida. Tony and some of his family spent the last few days down in Florida as part of his Make A Wish Foundation journey. A few years back his wish was a little different. But for various reasons the original wish just didn’t work out. Even though he has been healthy for a couple of years now the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted this young mans new wish. I’m not sure of all the details on how everything works. I was never part of the process. I’ll provide some links below that will explain further what the Make-A-Wish foundation does and how the program grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
I took several quick photos this morning. Honestly I wasn’t happy with the results. But I figured everyone was tired after a long flight home. I also figured the limousine driver would like to be heading home as well. The photo above is the end of a very long weekend that started on Friday. Tony and his family have met many well known celebrities this weekend. Not all were part of World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE ). During the live pay per view broadcast of WrestleMania XXIV you would have seen Raven Symone make the announcement introducing the WWE Make-A-Wish Circle of Champions towards the middle part of the broadcast. Snoop Dogg was also a part of WrestleMania XXIV. I know that the fifty wish children and their families got to meet both of these celebrities. At this time I’m not sure which wrestlers or other celebrities the fifty Make-A-Wish kids got to meet. Since it was very late in the evening closer to early morning when Tony and his family got in I didn’t get the full scoop.
While I’m sure I wouldn’t consider some of the well known people the children got to meet as ideal role models. It is nice to see that these stars do take the time out of their lives to be a part of Make-A-Wish Foundation events. Of course the really sad part is that these children have had to fight or are still fighting a battle with a life threatening disease. It would be nice if they didn’t have to go through this ordeal in the first place. I’m sure we would all prefer a world were all children’s wishes were granted if for no other reason than it is what they wish.
I’d like to thank those that take the time to do volunteer work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I would also like to thank everyone else who donates time or money to helping make these children’s dreams come true. It was obvious to me this morning that even though they were very worn out and tired. Tony and his family truly enjoyed this adventure. Which of course wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of others.
Tony’s trip was part of the WWE 50 kids’ wishes on the road to WrestleMania.
David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “We’re also delighted to join with WWE to grant 50 kids’ wishes on the road to WrestleMania. It symbolizes the Foundation’s devotion to making wishes happen for children with life-threatening medical conditions in all 50 states.”
Here is a list of some of the events the Make-A-Wish children attended.
One of the biggest jokes of Wrestlemania 24.
The Cadillac Escalade Limousine pictured above was provided for the Make-A-Wish foundation by Z Entertainment Luxury Limousine Services. Not exactly the most eco-friendly way to travel – I’m sure that monster isn’t running a biofuel. But what I can say is that for very early in the morning and after a drive from the Bloomington, IL airport the driver was very polite and friendly. I’d bet Tony and everyone that was with him will tell me later that it was a very posh ride. I am not sure if this is the company that provided land transportation to the airport on the way to Florida.
Air Transportation for this Make-A-Wish adventure was provided by AirTran Airways.
Hotel Accommodations in Orlando Florida were provided by Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa.
Transportation while in Orlando Florida provided by Associated Transportation of Florida,Inc.