MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive has a close relationship with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and helping make dreams come true for children young and old. Two years ago, (Jan. 30, 2016) the Trojans had the opportunity to surprise Isabella and her family with a trip to Hawai'i at a basketball game as part of a Make-a-Wish reveal. This year UMO had the opportunity to make another wish come true.
The University in conjunction with the Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee made yet another dream come true at a basketball game during the 52nd Annual Mount Olive Pickle Classic.
Dr. Jerry Allison, an associate professor in the Tillman School of Business, has a three-year-old daughter, Caellah, who suffers from a seizure disorder. Dr. Allison, his wife Laverne and their children, Connor, Carrigan, Carissa, and Caellah, were invited to center court during halftime of the basketball game where the family was informed that Caellah's wish, to go to Disney World, was about to come true.
Several student-athletes from UMO's SAAC group entered the arena dressed as Snow White, Prince Charming and the Seven Dwarves with Mickey Mouse hats and a gift basket containing the note from Make-a-Wish for Caellah about her wish being answered. The Make-a-Wish office of Eastern Carolina worked with University representatives to help make Caellah's wish come true.
NCAA Division II has a long-standing relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Through the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is the primary student-based group that contributes to policy-making for the division, Division II has raised more than $5 million toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. More than 500 "wishes" have been granted through Division II contributions. These wishes can serve as a game changer in children's fights against their illnesses, helping them feel better, and in some cases even get better.
UMO's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee annually raises money for this important cause. This group has raised over $20,000 for Make-a-Wish over the years.
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