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Morgan's gift to Make-A-Wish®


May 15, 2015


Grand Forks, ND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Please contact Tara Ekren, Director of Communications for more information. 

(Grand Forks, ND)- May 15, 2015 – There are many ways to celebrate a birthday. For Morgan Hallgren, it is giving back.

To celebrate her 10th birthday as well as the 30th birthday of Make-A-Wish North Dakota, local volunteers are organizing a gift and donation drive to fill the wish closet. You can drop off items at four area locations: Kittsona (both stores), Performance Chiropractic, and SCHEELS. The drive kicks off May 27 and culminates on June 10, Morgan’s birthday. There will be a celebration that day at 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Pizza Ranch where 20% of the proceeds for the day will be donated to Make-AWish.

Morgan said, "I want to help make wishes for kids so that they can forget about their illness and feel joy and happiness.” Brittany Dvorak and Mary Burd are the birthday event organizers. Brittany said, "Being both a past wish kid and now a wish volunteer, I have been able to see both sides of Make-A-Wish. Now knowing Morgan's heart of gold and her gift to Make-A-Wish, I know how special of a meaning and memory this will be to all the wish kids and their families.” Mary added, “At Make-A-Wish, we often know that some of our best ideas come from the smallest of people, and with Morgan’s help we wanted to give the whole community a chance to be part of the 30th birthday celebration of Make-A-Wish.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child. In 1985, the first wish was for a VCR in a hospital room. Four caring individuals inspired by the
Make-A-Wish movement worked to start the North Dakota Chapter. The very first wish they granted was for 7-year-old Christopher, who was essentially living in the hospital at the time. Since that first wish 30 years ago, over 700 heartfelt wishes have been granted in North Dakota. This year alone Make-A-Wish has granted four Grand Forks children like Peyton Spurgeon, who wishes for a puppy, the opportunity to dream up their most heartfelt wish.

Billi Zielinski, President and CEO, is impressed with Morgan’s generosity to share her birthday with the chapter in this way, “This year is about celebrating – celebrating volunteers, giving, beginnings and wishes. We are grateful for volunteers and Morgan in joining us and celebrating possible.”

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About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish® North Dakota has granted over 700 wishes to children across the state, at an average cost of $9,800 per wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish North Dakota, please call (701) 280-9474, or visit the website at

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