Raise funds for Hawaii keiki with critical illnesses
Join Make-A-Wish Hawaii at the 7th Annual Jingle Rock Run, a family-friendly, festive holiday walk through downtown Honolulu that raises much-needed funding to make life-changing wishes come true for Hawaii children with critical illnesses. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, December 15, beginning at the Hawaii State Capitol.
Right now, the Studio Macs is one of the event’s top fundraising teams. It’s led by Wish Kid Zeila and her family as the 10-year-old battles lupus, a chronic illness. Zeila had to miss the last two weeks of school, a ballet performance she practiced for months on, a good chunk of her summer, and a family trip to Canada. She finished six cycles of chemo and was going through a lot of doctor visits and constant monitoring.
Wish Mom Jessica explained that Zeila went through a difficult 8 months of hospitalizations and doctor visits, but with the help of Make-A-Wish Hawaii, she was able to visit the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
“I love the Ghibli movies and characters, especially Totoro. It meant that all that time I spent in the hospital was worth it if I could go to my favorite place,” she said.
“It’s something she’ll need to manage for the rest of her life, so she’s had to start taking on some responsibilities for her health and treatment,” she said. “We are just so grateful for all that Make-A-Wish did for our family, so we thought this would be a great way to give back and raise funds and awareness for the mission so more kids like Zeila can experience a wish.”
The family is really excited for this year’s Jingle Rock Run. Aside from the walk, there will be live entertainment, food, a keiki sprint and other activities.
What’s really special about this event is that it brings together wish families like ours with the community that supports them,” Jessica says.
For more information: hawaii.wish.org