Series of events culminating with 7th Annual Bats for Matt drive campaign
MORRISVILLE, NC April 23, 2013 — The Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation raised a total of $34,983 as part of its fundraising campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. A check presentation was held following the 7th Annual Bats for Matt event on Saturday, April 20 which featured a high school baseball game between the Green Hope Falcons and Broughton Capitals.
“We are extremely honored and grateful to be part of such a special event,” said Kristen Johnson, President and CEO for Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina. “Through the generous support of the Cossa family and their organization, we will be able to grant several wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions in Matt’s memory.”
Based in Cary, the Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation is dedicated to promoting the support of cancer patients, research and treatment. The organization strives to rally the community through the memory of Matt Cossa, a 2003 alumnus of Green Hope High School. Matt lost his courageous battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during his junior year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the spring of 2006.
“Matt was always about fun with friends and a passion for life,” said Bill Cossa, CEO of the Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation. “We wanted to bring that spirit to children and their families in the Make-A-Wish program and help them enjoy some relief from the daily challenges that they face.”
Since its inaugural event in 2007, the Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation has raised more than $200,000 for various causes including cancer research and Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. Additional information about the Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation can be found by visiting www.mattcossamemorial.org.
World Wish Day® is April 29th and celebrates the day Chris Greicius received his wish to be a police officer for a day, inspiring the founding of Make-A-Wish® and the global wish-granting movement. Throughout the month of April, Make-A-Wish® is celebrating this milestone by conducting a nationwide campaign to support our Wishes In Flight® program, which promotes the donation of frequent flyer miles, a critical wish resource.
Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina has a special opportunity to DOUBLE donations of frequent flyer miles received by April 29th. If 1 million miles can be raised locally, Make-A-Wish® America will add another 1 million miles! Over 83% of local wishes are travel-related, so this is a simple and easy way to help and to provide a life-changing wish experience. To learn more, please visit www.eastnc.wish.org/ways-to-help/celebrateworld-wish-day/ or call 1-800-432-WISH (9474).