GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- KARE 11 viewers came together on April 11 to support Make-A-Wish Minnesota and helped to make wishes come true for Minnesota children and families affected by life threatening illnesses.

Viewers donated over 6 million miles and thanks to a match donation from an anonymous donor a total of 9 million miles have been donated to Make-A-Wish Minnesota!

Each year Make-A-Wish Minnesota grants nearly 300 wishes for Minnesota children. Approximately 70% of those wishes involve air travel, which means that Make-A-Wish Minnesota needs more than 75 million airline miles to grant these wishes.

You can still continue to help make wishes come true by donating airline miles.

How to donate miles:

  • Determine how many miles you would like to donate
  • With your mileage account number in hand, visit Make-A-Wish Minnesota todonate online now.
  • Once donated, miles will never expire

Fast Facts about Travel Wishes:

  • More than 70% of wishes involve travel
  • The average domestic round-trip ticket requires 50,000 miles
  • The average international round-trip ticket requires 150,000 miles
  • Average cost of a round-trip airline ticket is $750
  • Make-A-Wish Minnesota needs approximately 75 million miles a year to grant all of the travel-related wishes

    Minnesota children like Destinee, Cody, Joseph and Kennedy are examples of the wishes that come true and the memories that are made for the kids and their families.

    Destinee's wish to go on a Carribean Cruise provided a chance to see beyond the challenge of her illness and to imagine the promise of her future.

    Cody's wish came true this past January when he went to an away game with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He especially enjoyed flying on the plane with the team and coaches.

    Joseph had learned about Hawaii from his cousins and wanted to experience the island for himself. This trip was the perfect opportunity for him to leave the doctors, treatments and tests behind and enjoy some fun in the sun with his family.

    Kennedy's wish was to meet real ballerinas. The experience reminds Kennedy and her family that there is always hope during a dark time and that they'are never alone.

    Participating airline programs include:

    • Delta SkyMiles
    • United Airlines Mileage Plus
    • US Airways Dividend Miles

    Note: Continental OnePass miles now accepted under the United Mileage Plus program

    About Make-A-Wish Minnesota
    Make-A-Wish Minnesota grants the wishes of Minnesota children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. With the help of generous donors and more than 700 Minnesota volunteers, Make-A-Wish Minnesota grants a wish somewhere in the state every 27 hours. It has granted more than 4,000 wishes since its inception in 1982. Visit Make-A-Wish Minnesota at to learn more.

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