3rd annual Wishes in Flight campaign is tomorrow

 Posted By: Marlenia Thornton


It was a rough time for Hope Weber and her family back in 2011.

When she was 11, she had two major heart surgeries and a liver transplant, which all took place over a span of 18 months.

When she was feeling better, Make-A-Wish granted Hope her greatest desire of going to Harry Potter World in Orlando.

“It was an amazing relief to finally get to do normal things that normal kids do,” Hope said.

Hope was told about her wish when she was at her sickest, which her father says was perfect timing.

“To see her running and happy and cheerful, it was seeing a completely different kid, so it was an amazing experience from that standpoint and really a healing experience for her, but also for the family,” Hope’s Father Eric Weber said.

Her wish and many other kids wishes are made possible, in part, by people donating airline miles..

Make-A-Wish Nebraska’s 3rd Annual Wishes in Flight campaign is this Wednesday.

One million miles in a day is the goal and the miles never expire after giving them.

“For families who had to worry about so many things with their child’s illness, this is just a time they don’t have to worry about it,” Regional Program Director Melissa Davis-Schmit said.

Make–A–Wish Nebraska grants an average 110 wishes each year and 75 percent of them include travel.

This year, it’s working on 130 across the state and 33 in lincoln.

For those who already donated or on the verge of doing so, Hope, who is now 15, has a message for you.

“If you have already donated, if you’re planning to donate i want to thank you from the bottom of my heart because you are truly making a difference in someone else’s life,” she said.

To learn more about how to donate your frequent flier miles or other ways to get involved with Make-A-Wish Nebraska, here’s a link: http://nebraska.wish.org/