christopher575 (christopher575) wrote,

Make-a-Wish's reply

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has a very strong working relationship with Ina Garten, a celebrity wish granter who has generously made herself available to grant a wish in the past. Ina is a good friend of the Foundation and we are grateful to her for her support of our mission.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. From time to time, planning for wishes doesn't turn out as originally envisioned, despite people's best intentions and efforts. In such cases, the Foundation is committed to working with the wish child and family to grant another wish.

Each wish we grant requires extensive support from many people, and we respect that no individual has an unlimited capacity to grant children's wishes on demand.

We regard the planning of wishes as a private process among the parties involved. Thus we cannot respond to questions about any particular wish in progress.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation supports the request by Enzo's family for the public to "let go of their anger" and move forward from the controversy surrounding his original wish, as well as to respect their privacy as they focus on Enzo's wish to swim with dolphins.

Enzo's family has publicly expressed excitement about his dolphin wish. According to his mother, Enzo has started sleeping in his swimsuit because he wants to be ready when he dreams about them at night.

We also want to reiterate the family's desire to not refer to Enzo as a "dying" or "terminally ill" child. Enzo does have a life-threatening medical condition, but his prognosis is bright as he nears completion of his treatments.

We have been informed that Ina Garten plans to contact Enzo independently of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we wish them well.

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