May is #CommunityActionMonth, a time when we celebrate the people who change lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities and make New York a better place to live.
All month long we’ll be highlighting members of our community who help make life-changing wishes come true.
Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and check out our blogs this month to as we’ll showcase New Yorkers not only helping New Yorkers, but kids across the globe who wish to visit the Big Apple.
John Fenech is a remarkable man who sends wish kids soaring – in both airplanes and in spirit by making their wish experience extra special. As an employee of American Airlines, John is on the frontlines with our wish kids and families who embark on their wish trips from JFK Airport. He has impacted the lives of hundreds of wish kids over the past decade.
John first got involved with wish kids through the Something mAAgic Foundation, a non-profit run by American Airlines employees to help support various children’s organizations. When he joined their board eight years ago, he knew he wanted to step up the level of support American was providing wish kids at JFK. He came up with what we think is the absolute best way for our wish kids’ journeys to begin.
This year, Make-A-Wish celebrated World Wish Day at the Big Apple’s newest interactive urban landmark, the Vessel at Hudson Yards.
In honor of our anniversary, TODAY Show hosts Jenna Bush-Hager and Meredith Vieira ascended 2,500 steps to the top of New York’s hottest attraction to raise awareness and funds.
Along the way they met Make-A-Wish kids and families, volunteers, community supporters, donors, corporate sponsors, board members and staff, who cheered them on as they climbed.