Brighton, Mich., Jan. 29, 2019 – Make-A-Wish® Michigan is sending 15-year-old Christopher, of Battle Creek, and 14-year-old Dusan, of Macomb, to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. The two Michigan teenagers are part of a group of 16 Make-A-Wish® kids representing 11 different states in addition to Washington D.C. and Canada who will have their wishes granted. Make-A-Wish Michigan is able to provide Christopher, Dusan and their families with a life-changing, football-fueled weekend thanks to the generous donations of individuals and corporate supporters, including the National Football League (NFL).
Christopher, who has a congenital heart condition, and Dusan, who has a heart condition, will arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in their respective limos Thursday morning, Jan. 31.
The Michigan teens will join 14 other wish kids and kick off their Super Bowl weekend at a welcome reception at Dave & Buster’s – a national sponsor of Make-A-Wish. In the following days, Christopher and Dusan will receive a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, spend time with past and present NFL players and test their football skills at the Super Bowl Experience. To cap off the wish, they will be in attendance to watch as the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams and AFC Champion New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3.
“We are so excited for Christopher and Dusan because we know that wishes provide extraordinary and empowering experiences for wish kids and families,” said Karen Davis, Make-A-Wish Michigan president & CEO. “Wishes allow families to spend priceless time together and make the impossible become possible as wish kids battle their critical illnesses.”
Wish kids at the Super Bowl date back to 1982 when the NFL granted the wish of John Paul Serna, a 12-year-old Arizona boy who attended Super Bowl XVI. The wish was the ninth ever in Make-A-Wish history and, since then, every Super Bowl for the past 38 years has been attended by at least one wish kid; totaling more than 200 Super Bowl wishes over nearly four decades.
Since 1984, Make-A-Wish® Michigan has granted more than 9,500 wishes to Michigan children with critical illnesses. Based in Brighton, Mich., with an office in Grand Rapids, Make-A-Wish Michigan is funded through community support. 80 percent of each dollar supports the Michigan wish-granting program. Visit www.michigan.wish.org to learn more.