Southfield teen to travel to Spain, courtesy of Make-A-Wish Michigan

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Terrien, a 13-year-old Southfield boy with a life-threatening renal disease, is cheered on by employees of BNP Media in Troy at a party given in his honor before he leaves on a trip to Spain, arranged by Make-A-Wish Michigan. Photo courtesy of Marie Sande

Terrien, a 13-year-old Southfield boy with a life-threatening renal disease, is cheered on by employees of BNP Media in Troy at a party given in his honor before he leaves on a trip to Spain, arranged by Make-A-Wish Michigan. Photo courtesy of Marie Sande

 

A 13-year-old Southfield boy with a life-threatening renal disease is going to Spain next week, a trip granted by Make-A-Wish Michigan.

Terrien, 13, of Southfield, and his family attend a going-away party in Troy as he prepares to leave for a trip to Spain, courtesy of Make-A-Wish Michigan. Photo courtesy of Marie Sande

Terrien, 13, of Southfield, and his family attend a going-away party in Troy as he prepares to leave for a trip to Spain, courtesy of Make-A-Wish Michigan. Photo courtesy of Marie Sande

Terrien will visit several points of interest in the Barcelona area. As a courtesy, Make-A-Wish does not reveal the last names of the children who are are assisted by the organization.

BNP Media of Troy recently held a going-away party for Terrien and his family at the Somerset Inn in Troy. The company is a regular contributor to the charity.

Here are some facts about Make-A-Wish Michigan:

• Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted more than 9,000 wishes to children.

• The organization’s goal for fiscal year 2017 is to grant more than 450 wishes.

• There are more than 550 medically-eligible children planning and anticipating their wishes.

• A recent Make-A-Wish America survey found that 96 percent of parents said the wish experience strengthened their families.

• While each wish is unique, the majority of wishes fall into one of four categories: I wish to go, I wish to meet, I wish to have and I wish

to be.

• The average value of a Michigan wish is $10,000.

• Nearly 75 percent of Michigan wishes require air travel, making it a critical – and costly – resource. The organization anticipates more than 350 wishes will involve travel this year alone.

• Anyone who wants to donate online may go to michigan.wish.org.

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2017-09-19T12:18:57+00:00

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