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Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Teams Up With Comcast NBCUniversal Bay Area Family for a “Wish-A-Thon for Miles” on June 25

Make-A-Wish® Needs Mileage Donations to Fulfill Wish Kids Travel

OAKLAND (June 17, 2019) – Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is teaming up NBC Bay Area / KNTV, Telemundo 48 Área de la Bahía / KSTS, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, Comcast and Comcast Spotlight for a one-day “Wish-A-Thon for Miles,” on Tuesday, June 25. The event aims to raise 5 million or more of the 44 million airline miles needed annually in the Greater Bay Area to be able to send children with critical illnesses on wish trips.

Of the almost 400 wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area last year, nearly 80 percent included air travel for families.

“Donating unused airline miles is an easy way for supporters to help us grant children’s wishes and give them an experience that improves the quality of life for them and their families,” said Betsy Biern, CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. “We are thankful for our partnership with Comcast and our local NBC and Telemundo stations, and NBC Sports. Without the support of local partners and generous donors, we would be unable to continue to grant the wishes of Bay Area kids.”

Donating air miles through the Make-A-Wish Wishes in Flight program is easy – and once the miles are donated to Make-A-Wish, they never expire. Every traveler with airline miles can be part of a life-affirming wish; all it takes is a simple donation of air miles with one of our major airline partners: Delta, United, Alaska Jet Blue, Southwest and American Airlines.

Ways to donate during the “Wish-A-Thon for Miles” on June 25:

  • Call in to the telethon at 833-NBC-KNTV between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Visit www.sf.wish.org/ to donate online.
  • Visit Xfinity stores located at Westgate Mall, San Jose and The Veranda, Concord to donate onsite.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation does phenomenal work and we’re happy to join with our Comcast and NBC Sports family for this united effort to give people an easy way to help these inspirational families,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “We hope our viewers tune in, donate some of their miles, and help meet our goal of raising 5 million miles to help wish kids take flight!”

NBC Bay Area (Comcast channel 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11) and Telemundo 48 (Comcast channel 18 and 718 and over-the-air on 48) will air live updates of the fundraiser throughout the day on Tuesday, June 25. Use #WishathonSF to follow the fundraiser online and follow @nbcbayarea, @telemundo48, and @SFWish on Twitter.

For more information visit nbcbayarea.com/wishathon.

About Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area
Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. In 2019 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 35 years fulfilling magical wishes. With more than 8,600 wishes granted to date, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area serves families in 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.
Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes. Yet not every child in our territory who is eligible for a wish receives one. With your help, we can change that. For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415-982-9474 or visit www.sf.wish.org.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

About Telemundo 48
Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoAreadelaBahia.com and via mobile and social media channels. The station can be seen locally on Comcast channel 18 and 718 and over-the-air on 48.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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Contact:
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area: Allie Reynolds, 415-402-2766 or areynolds@sf.wish.org
NBC Bay Area / Telemundo 48: Liza Catalan, 408-432-4302, liza.catalan@nbcuni.com