Angel grants a wish – you can, too

Today, Angel McCoughtry blogs about a Louisville girl with leukemia who’s wish was to meet Angel. Read about it here on her WNBA rookie blog.

Carol Frakes of Louisville called me about Heather after I mentioned her in a blog and column earlier this week.

Turns out, Angel not only wrote to Heather and sent her a pair of shoes and other memorabilia, but called her on the phone as soon as she found out Heather wanted to see her.

Later, when Angel called Frakes back to tell her how the conversation went, she said, “I don’t think she felt very good, because she didn’t talk much.”

No, that wasn’t the case at all, Heather’s mom said. Heather was just so stunned that Angel was on the phone with her, that she didn’t know what to say. She had a chance to meet Hannah Montana, but chose Angel instead.

I’d say Heather made a wise choice.

Support Make-A-Wish

THIS GIVES ME an opportunity to tell you about something coming up in Louisville on Friday night. While Heather wasn’t part of the Make-A-Wish program, that organization is having its annual “Food, Wine and Wishes” fundraiser on Friday night.

If ever there were a worthy cause, it’s that one. In the coming days, you’ll read a column from me about Jackson Kelly, a Shelbyville, Ky., boy who suffers from congenital hydrocephalus. He got to meet Lebron James through Make-A-Wish, and has been inspired to start working for the organization himself to help other kids who are terminally ill or facing long-term illness to have their wishes granted.

You’d be amazed how many of these kids ask for things that involve sports. It’s truly an example of the transformative power of sport, and the resilient spirit of childhood.

I say all this to let you know that if you’d like to get involved, read the following and please do so:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Kentucky Region is holding its annual Wish Ball 2009: Food, Wine and Wishes: The Roaring Twenties. Tickets are still available to this exclusive event and can be purchased at the door on Friday evening.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on spectacular live and silent auction packages including 2009-2010 season tickets to PNC Broadway Across America; GE Profile 30″ Stainless Steel Range; and a membership to Polo Fields Golf Course.

When: July 24, 6:00 -10:30 p.m.

Where: The Gillespie

421 West Market St.

Louisville, KY 40202

After Party: Prime Lounge

325 West Main Street

Louisville, KY 40202

Cost: Individual Tickets: $75

Premier Corporate Table: $1,500

Includes VIP table to official after party

Corporate Table (8 seats): $1,000

Half Corporate Table (4 seats): $500

Currently there are over 170 local Kentucky wish children waiting for their dreams to come true. By joining the Make-A-Wish Foundation at The Gillespie for the fabulous event, children facing life-threatening medical conditions will have the opportunity to escape the harsh reality from doctor’s appointments and hospital stays and have their heartfelt wishes granted.

To purchase individual tickets or sponsor a corporate table, contact Development Associate Tansy Mullins at (502) 327-0705 or


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