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Make-A-Wish Grants Wish Thanks to $1.25M Donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb

Luciano's Wish
Luciano who has leukemia has wish granted to visit Kennedy Space Center

Oakland, CA November 8, 2017 – Make-A-Wish® has received a $1.25 million charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to grant more life-changing wishes for children with cancer. The seven-figure contribution will benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and the other 61 Make-A-Wish chapters nationwide. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has allocated a portion of the funds to granting Luciano’s most heartfelt wish. Luciano experienced the life-changing power of a wish when he visited the Kennedy Space Center earlier this year.

Eight-year-old Luciano is fascinated by space, exploration and astronauts, which he got a big dose of at the Kennedy Space Center during his wish. Luciano, his sister Fiorella, and parents Ines and Vincenzo spent two days there, during which they saw the Space Shuttle Atlantis, had a space shuttle launch experience and even had lunch with astronaut Bob Springer. 

“Our wish trip was a very memorable and extremely fun time for our kids” said Vincenzo. Apart from the Space Center, Luciano and his family also visited SeaWorld for a day.

“We rely on the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors to be able to continue granting more and better wishes for kids like Luciano’s," said Betsy Biern, CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. "Thanks to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Luciano’s wish has been granted, bringing us one step closer to our vision to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”

“We are inspired by the work Make-A-Wish does to enlighten the lives of children diagnosed with critical illnesses, like cancer, and their families,” said Teresa Bitetti, senior vice president, Head, US Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We understand the important role emotional health plays in one’s cancer fight, and so we are proud to support programs that can provide hope, inspiration and happiness.”

The 1.25 million dollar donation coincides with ground-breaking, third-party research that shows the wish experience can not only influence a child’s emotional health, but can also play a role in their physical health, working in concert with traditional medicine to help kids get better. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and find out how you can get involved, visit

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About Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area:

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  In 2017 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 33 years fulfilling magical wishes.  During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes.  Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 375 wishes per year and has granted nearly 8,000 wishes to date.  The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma.  The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory.  Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit

About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

Nov 08, 2017

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