WTVY’s 3rd Annual Wishes Can’t Wait Telethon 2020

Call 1-888-265-8799 to donate to the Wishes Can't Wait 2020 Telethon or text "wishes" to 243725.
Call 1-888-265-8799 to donate to the Wishes Can't Wait 2020 Telethon or text "wishes" to 243725.(Source: WTVY)
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 3:25 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Today we are making wishes come true.

It’s WTVY’s third year partnering with Make-A-Wish Alabama to put smiles on children’s faces.

The phones began ringing at 6 o’clock Thursday morning, and we will be collecting donations through 6:30 PM.

WTVY will continue to bring you live coverage of the telethon throughout the day, as well as on WTVY News 4 at Five and Six.

To make a donation to the WTVY Wishes Can’t Wait Telethon to help grant wishes for children in Alabama call 1-888-265-8799 or text “wishes” to 243725. You can also donate online -- go to and donate today!

To qualify for a wish, children must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, should be over the age of 2 and under the age of 18 at the time of referral and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization.

A child can be referred by a parent or guardian, a medical professional, or by the child.

Following a referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition.

According to Make-A-Wish, trips to Disney theme parks, meeting princesses, and other Disney activities make up approximately half of all wishes granted.

Make-A-Wish needs 2.5 billion frequent flier miles to meet all the travel need for wish kids and their families, and three-fourths of our Alabama wishes involve travel beyond the borders of our state.

Make-A-Wish began in the spring of 1980, when officers at Arizonas Department of Public Safety learned that 7-year-old leukemia patient Chris Greicius longed to experience what it was like to be a police officer.

Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes and, on average, a child is referred for a wish every 28 minutes.

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