The Points for Hope Project was founded by Paul Little and The DVC Rental Store for the purpose of raising money to grant the wishes of children with serious illnesses to visit Walt Disney World.
Donations from Disney Vacation Club members and their guests and the proceeds of special fundraising events run by The Points for Hope Project are all used to help make the life of a child a bit brighter during a difficult time for them and their family.
The DVC Rental Store has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to insure that every child’s wish will come true through The Points For Hope Project. Children are living their fondest wish because of the compassion and generosity of people like you. I invite you to learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and to support the efforts of this worthy organization. Your gift will delight wish kids, their families and their entire communities.
My sincere thanks for all of your help.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 193,000 children around the world.
Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish® Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.
A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.
As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.
I first visited Walt Disney World in 1974 at the age of 13. My parents, brother, sister and I laid a mattress in the back of the family van and endured the 13 hour trek down US Highway 301 from North Carolina. Though that visit was many years ago, I still hold the memories and magic that that first visit created. Since that time I have had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World many, many times. I now have two children of my own and though we no longer travel with a mattress in the back of a van and our route has changed, the memories are no less magical.
When visiting “The World’ it is easy to see the sense of wonder and excitement experienced by a child when they see their favorite princess, take their first walk down Main Street or shake the hand of Buzz Lightyear. It is the wish of many severely ill children to experience this, and it is my wish that you and I together through The Points for Hope Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation make their wish come true.
In the Fall of 2010 my father, my hero, was diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer. Having lived a long and blessed life he did not want for much in regards to having his wishes fulfilled. My personal wish was that in the Spring of 2011 I would have the opportunity to travel again with my father to Walt Disney World. He and my mother were huge Atlanta Braves fans and to enjoy Spring Training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports would be a dream come true. That dream was not able to be fulfilled. On February 20, 2011 my father lost his battle with this terrible disease.
In 2007 after a courageous fight my wife’s mother lost her battle with colon cancer. The wonderful staff and doctors in the oncology department at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville NC have said that they have never had a patient that exhibited such strength and grace in the face of such a diagnosis. Having originally been told that her battle would last only a couple of years she was able to experience a blessed life for another thirteen.
I am personally asking you for your help to make a profound difference in the lives of children and their families. When you do donate to The Points for Hope Project, 100% of the donation goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to support this cause.
Together we can help a severely ill child and their family experience the same magic and make the same types of memories that I was able to on that trip in 1974. The same memories that I hope you had the chance to make as a kid. The same memories that we are privileged to experience today.
My sincere thanks for any help you can provide.
– Paul Little