Wish Delivered to Chicago Child
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Feb 14, 2002 - The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northern Illinois, and Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today delivered a wish to 7-year-old Taylor Benson of Mundelein, Illinois. Taylor, who suffers from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), an inflammatory disease that attacks the joints and muscles, has dreamed of visiting Walt Disney World to have breakfast with Mickey & Minnie Mouse.
"I don't think anyone could know how excited and happy Taylor is to be going to the "happiest place on earth," said Pat Benson, Taylor's Mom. "Everything that Domino's has done is much more than we could have ever hoped for or expected."
Taylor was surprised by the Domino's team, who delivered tickets to Walt Disney World for the entire family, Mickey & Minnie dolls and heart-shaped pizzas in honor of Valentines Day. After the party, Domino's helped deliver Taylor and her family to the airport where they began their adventure.
"To see the look on Taylor's face when she opened the door and saw the huge Mickey & Minnie dolls was priceless," said Dan Shanahan , local Domino's Pizza franchisee. "Domino's is committed to serving the community and Make-A-Wish is a very special organization. We are extremely pleased and honored to have the opportunity to impact these amazing kids lives in a positive and fun way."
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the favorite wishes of children between the ages of 21/2 and 18 years who are battling life threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the oldest and largest wish granting organization in the world. Founded in 1985, the Northern Illinois chapter has fulfilled the wishes of nearly 4,000 children in the northern-most counties of Illinois. The foundation estimates that each wish costs an average of $4,600 out-of-pocket.
Domino's Pizza, founded in 1960, is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, operating a network of 7,112 owned and franchised stores in the United States and more than 60 international markets. Domino's is committed to leading the industry in product quality and operational excellence.