Recently, ACT partnered with Make-A-Wish® Iowa as a Fund-A-Wish sponsor. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. The local Iowa chapter is currently granting an Iowa wish every other day. On a larger scale, “a wish is granted every 35 minutes” by Make-A-Wish® in the United States and its surrounding territories.
Lew Montgomery, Director of Community Engagement for ACT highlights the key elements that contributed in making the decision to fund this specific wish, “We’re inspired by their mission to empower children at Make-a-Wish®, although this is a very unique request, we feel that the work of ACT and the mission of our organizations seemed to be natural fit with social impact efforts.” By offering a child a wish that can be limitless, Make-A-Wish® hopes to remind them what they are fighting for.
ACT’s donation is set to help a local Iowa City student and his family further his education by granting his wish of financial support for him to complete his undergraduate program at Stanford University, and we couldn’t be more excited for him. The student was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during his senior year of high school and is not letting his illness get in the way of his dreams of furthering and completing his education.
We were honored to have a hand in granting a wish of this nature and assisting in the support of a student working towards the completion of his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The CEL is grounded on the principle that not all students are looking for a handout, just a hand.