Sun Country Airlines and Make-A-Wish® Minnesota team up to help wishes take flight
St. Paul, Minn. – August 16, 2018 – Sun Country Airlines has long been a consistent supporter of Make-A-Wish Minnesota, working together to fly Minnesota children with critical illnesses to their wish destinations.
Today, Sun Country Airlines announced it is making a generous philanthropic contribution to Make-A-Wish Minnesota which will help make even more wishes come true for Minnesota children. Over the next three years, Sun Country Airlines will donate travel costs for wish kids traveling anywhere Sun Country flies. This gift carries a monetary value of $720,000 and will be instrumental in helping Make-A-Wish Minnesota grant travel wishes of Minnesota kids such as four-year-old Brooklyn suffering from a critical illness.
Brooklyn was two years old when tests revealed the devastating diagnosis of leukemia. She endured the overwhelming side effects of chemotherapy and the countless hours of physical therapy as she re-learned how to crawl, stand and walk. Along with her family, Brooklyn recently boarded a Sun Country plane for her wish trip to Walt Disney World® Resort where she could meet all her favorite princesses. “This trip was a huge release of stress and fear,” her mother Michelle said. “It was a celebration of strength, determination, bravery and positivity. This was the beginning of being a kid again.”
“It's truly a special experience to be a part of making a wish come true. Sun Country team members are passionate about Make-A-Wish Minnesota, and we felt we could do even more to help families,” said Jude Bricker, President and CEO of Sun Country Airlines, “The Twin Cities community is our home – the home of our headquarters, our employees, and many of our guests. It’s important that we invest in it, help keep it strong, and contribute to a healthy community for our business and our employees. Our partnership with Make-A-Wish Minnesota helps us do that.”
“Corporate support like this is crucial to Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Every dollar not needed for airfare for a wish is a dollar we can put toward another child’s wish. While we fulfilled almost 300 wishes this past year, there are still an equal number of kids waiting for their wish, said Mia Broos Hoagberg, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Minnesota. “Our mission is to fulfill the wish of every eligible child in Minnesota and Sun Country’s generous support gets us closer to making that a reality.”
In addition to its rewards point donation, Sun Country Airlines will also continue to host “Flight to the North Pole” each December, an event where more than 70 wish kids board a Sun Country flight to visit the North Pole. Sun Country Airlines looks forward to continuing this tradition with Minnesota wish kids.
About Sun Country Airlines
Sun Country Airlines is a privately-held company headquartered in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The award-winning airline is a leader in leisure travel, flying to more than 50 popular destinations across the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean, and having earned a reputation for offering world-class service at an affordable price. The airline also offers services from its Sun Country Charters and Sun Country Vacations divisions. For more on these Sun Country destinations and to book travel, including flight and hotel packages, visit suncountry.com.
About Make-A-Wish Minnesota
Make-A-Wish Minnesota creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Minnesota seeks to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 Minnesota volunteers, grant a wish every 27 hours, on average, somewhere in the state. Since 1982, Make-A-Wish Minnesota has granted more than 5,000 wishes to children in Minnesota. For more information about Make-A-Wish Minnesota, visit mn.wish.org.