(GREENVILLE, S.C.) - Jalen is an 18 year-old boy from Boiling Spring, South Carolina who has sickle cell anemia. He recently made a wish through the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Jalen’s wish was for a shopping spree, and with funding from Jewelers for Children (JFC), his wish was granted.
Jalen began his shopping spree wish by visiting Ponthieuxs Jewelry Design Studio in Greenville, SC. He was greeted with a cake and balloons to help kick off his adventure. Jalen worked with owner, Mike Ponthieux to create a one-of-a-kind pendant to help him remember his wish. From there he headed to Best Buy and the mall for a day of shopping!
Make-A-Wish® grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The South Carolina chapter grants more than 130 wishes each year and has never turned down a medically qualified South Carolina child for a wish. The average cost of a wish is $6,500, and 87% of every dollar raised goes toward wish granting. For more information please visit www.sc.wish.org.
|Mike Ponthieux, owner of Ponthieuxs Jewelry Design Studio, and Make-A-Wish® child Jalen work together to create a one-of-a-kind pendant to help Jalen remember his wish.|
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $40 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect through charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International and the Santa-America Fund. Learn more about JFC at www.jewelersforchildren.org.