ATLANTA, Sep 22, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Children's Wish Foundation International has partnered
with U.S. Bank to offer the Children's Wish Foundation International
Visa(R) credit card that generates funds for the foundation each time
a new card is activated and then again each and every time the card is
Children's Wish Foundation International is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to fulfilling wishes for seriously ill children
around the world. In 1978, Linda Dozoretz lost her eldest daughter to
bone cancer. After spending months caring for her daughter, she began
volunteering with local organizations to raise money for cancer
research. For her efforts, she was awarded a trip to Disneyland.
Dozoretz chose to give that trip to "a little girl who would never
grow up," thus fulfilling the first of thousands of wishes to date.
Since that time she has continued to fulfill wishes for children and
in 1985, formed Children's Wish Foundation International. Dozoretz now
serves as its executive director, overseeing all wishes.
"The Children's Wish Foundation has brought happiness to families
whose lives have been impacted by serious illness, which they credit
to their legions of supporters in the United States and around the
world. We're proud to help continue that legacy of support by enabling
individuals to contribute to the foundation simply by using the
Children's Wish Foundation International Visa to make everyday
purchases," said Tanya Turner, senior vice president of affinity
products at U.S. Bank.
Children's Wish Foundation International is headquartered in
Atlanta. An international foundation, it fulfills wishes for children
all around the world, yet keeps its costs to a minimum by maintaining
only one office and a small staff. The foundation takes pride in
providing personal attention to each family, developing and
maintaining relationships with them that last years after their
child's wish has been fulfilled. Each staff member carries a pager and
is accessible to families 24 hours a day. With a worldwide network of
volunteers, the foundation brings happiness to children in communities
around the globe.
"We are honored to be working with U.S. Bank, a company that has
already proven to be overwhelmingly generous to our Wish Children,"
said Christy Andrews, Children's Wish Foundation's vice president of
operations and communications. "We feel confidant that their
commitment to our special children will bring countless smiles to help
them through the most tragic of circumstances."
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SOURCE: U.S. Bank
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
Christy Andrews, 800-323-9474