Make-A-Wish “Walk for Wishes” Northern California

Make-A-Wish, Donald Tenn and Fathers4JusticeDonald Tenn grew up in a family whose foundation was built on helping others, especially children. Donald’s father was a friend of Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude’s Hospital, as such Donald’s entire family was active in supporting St. Jude’s Hospital.

When Donald started his own business in 1978 one of his dreams was some day to be able to follow in his father’s foot steps and help those less fortunate, specifically those organizations who cared for the health and welfare of children. Soon Donald’s company was making donations to as many as 7 different children’s organizations, St.Jude’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish and the Cystic Fibrosis foundation were just a few.

Today the organization, Fathers4Justice which Donald Tenn chairs is also reaching out. It is Donald’s goal to have Fathers4Justice work hand in hand with other Children’s organizations towards assisting in both the health and welfare of all children. May 18, 2013 was the first step in obtaining that goal when Donald and other Fathers4Justice members in Sacramento attended the Make-A-Wish 14th annual “Walk For Wishes”.

News Release

Modesto boy and Davis girl, both battling leukemia, lead 14th Annual Walk for Wishes

Contact: Michele Flynn
Marketing & Communications Manager
2800 Club Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835
Direct: 916.692.3927
Cell: 916.769.7489
SACRAMENTO, CA (May 3, 2013) Join Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada as they walk for wishes to be granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions in our community.
The 14th Annual Walk for Wishes is Saturday, May 18 at Raley Field beginning at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds from the event will enable Make-A-Wish to continue its mission to grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions to bring hope, strength and joy.
Make-A-Wish exists to help children like Zoe, 6 and Noah, 12, who both struggle with leukemia. Zoe loves princesses, especially Cinderella, and her heartfelt wish was to have “a day in the life of a princess.” Her family and friends say this has always been her dream and she loves to dress up and fantasize about being a princess. This became an even more important part of her life after she was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010. Her life revolved around doctor appointments, chemotherapy treatments, and more tests than anyone could imagine. Her wish to meet a real princess came just a few months later when she had the opportunity to meet several princesses during her visit to Disneyland and received a full makeover from the Bibbidibobbidi Boutique. She received the royal treatment during her entire stay, including going to the front of the line on all her favorite rides. “The whole thing was pretty magical,” said Zoe’s Mom Emily, “Her wish was an amazing once in a lifetime experience – not just for our little princess, but for the whole family.”
Noah, like most 12-year-old boys, loves playing video games and watching his favorite sports teams, particularly the NY Yankees and the SF Giants. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling and learning about new places. What’s not typical is what he has had to face since he was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was nine. So when Make-A-Wish® asked him what his one true wish would be, he quickly said he wanted to go to New York City. He has been fascinated with New York as far back as his Mom Amy can remember. On his list of must-sees in the Big Apple are the Empire State Building, FAO Schwarz, Ground Zero, American Museum of National History, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Bronx Zoo and of course, a Yankee’s Game.
Noah will have his wish to go to New York City granted this coming June. His mom says he’s been so excited ever since he learned his wish was going to be granted. “The whole Make-A-Wish experience has been fantastic. It has really given us all something to look forward to as a family.”
Zoe and Noah will lead the parade of walkers, which will begin and end at Raley Field. Family fun activities will be available for participants at Raley Field.
To sign up for the Walk or to join a team, visit Participating walkers have spent several months collecting donations from family, friends and coworkers to reach the goal of granting 50 wishes.
What: 14th Annual Walk for Wishes
When: Saturday, May 18,
Registration: 10:00 a.m. Walk kick off 11:00 a.m.
Where: Raley Field, Sacramento
Call Arleen Planas (916)692-3928 or visit for more information.
About Make-A-Wish®
Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada was established in 1983 as one of the early local chapters of Make-A-Wish® America, which is the leading wish-granting organization in the country. Since then, it has granted more than 4,700 wishes to children within its 37-county service area. The mission of Make-A-Wish® is to grant wishes to children, age 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
For more information about Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, call 916.437.0206 or visit

Start Date:
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 08:00 to 14:00
14th Annual Walk for Wishes® RALEY FIELD 400 BALLPARK DR. WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Date: May 18, 2013 Time: Registration: 10:00 a.m./ Walk begins: 11:00 a.m.