For the sixth year in a row, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine has reached its goal of raising $84,000 during its three-week “Stories of Light” holiday campaign. The money will fund the granting of 14 wishes to Maine children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine’s corporate donors this season include Martin’s Point, Kepware Technologies, Stantec, United Health Group and V.I.P. Parts Tires and Services.

“Our friends and generous customers at V.I.P. in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts made a huge impact on the campaign by accepting donations to the campaign right at their checkout counters. Last year, V.I.P. raised $42,779 and we anticipate they will finish ahead this year,” said James Christie, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine development director.

As of Dec. 21, V.I.P. had collected $41,585 for Make-A-Wish and final numbers will be in later in January.

“We are proud to have exceeded our goal and raised a total of $84,247,” said Tom Peaco, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine executive director. “Without the dozens of businesses and individuals who contributed to Stories of Light, we could have never made it. We are very thankful for the tremendous generosity that supporters have demonstrated this holiday season.”

The Stories of Light campaign is a critical fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine. One of the 14 wishes granted during the campaign was to Jordan Alberts, 5, of Searsport, who has been diagnosed with a neurologic disorder called Pachygyria. Jordan’s wish was to go to Walt Disney World for a week with his family to meet his favorite “Toy Story” character, Buzz Lightyear.

“We had the most amazing time,” said Jordan’s mother, Mari-Jo. “This experience was once in a lifetime, and I’m so glad my family shared this experience together. [The people of Make-A-Wish] are so wonderful and that is why we call you angels.”

Volunteer “wish granters” who worked with Jordan’s family were Jodi Hanson and Pamela Bragdon.

“I got to watch a wish unfold right in front of my eyes,” said Bragdon, office manager at Make-A-Wish. “We always get to hear about wishes, but I actually got to feel the magic when I volunteered as a wish granter. I don’t know how else you would get this amazing feeling.”

To promote the campaign, as well as wish stories, Make-A-Wish teamed with radio partner 107.5 Frank FM and television partner WMTW. Even members of those offices were touched by what they saw and heard from wish children.

“It is an amazing opportunity to see and hear firsthand what Make-A-Wish really does for children of Maine,” said Leif Erickson, on-air talent and music director of Frank FM. “When the children come into our studio, it is an emotional and fun experience. Each child gives us amazing moments, and that is why we are so happy to be a part of the Stories of Light campaign each year.”

The first three wishes of the upcoming 70-plus wishes the chapter will grant in 2010 include trips to Hawaii, Atlantis and Walt Disney World.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Maine Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation opened in 1992. As of October 2009, it had granted more than 800 wishes. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, visit and discover how to share the power of a wish.