Tilottama Sen wrote -My name is Riya Sen, and I am currently a second year MBA student at Wharton Business School. This semester a small group of us at Wharton is working on a project that we all feel very strongly and passionate about – we are partnering up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in helping to raise money from businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. As you may know, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children (aged 2.5 to 18 years old) who are suffering from life-threatening diseases or medical conditions. On average, it costs approximately $7,600 to make one child’s wish come true.
This year, we are trying to grant wishes to several children, but our group in particular is working to make the wishes of a young Ryan, aged 3 from Haverton, Pennsylvania, come true. Ryan suffers from Ependymoma, a rare cancerous brain tumor. The causes of childhood Ependymoma are unknown and little is known about risk factors or the means to prevent onslaught of the disease. Ryan’s simple wish is a Disney Cruise.
This semester, our team is committed to raising the appropriate amount of funding necessary to make the wishes of Ryan and other children suffering from life-threatening diseases come true. We are honored that the Make-A-Wish Foundation has chosen to work with us, and we are reaching out to anyone who feels strongly enough to contribute. No donation is too small, and we genuinely appreciate the time you have given to reading this letter.