Master of Physician Assistant Studies alumnae join Make-A-Wish as ‘wish granters’


Star with PA Almunae namesFive spring 2018 graduates of the Lake Erie College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program have been cleared for their licenses—to grant wishes.

As official ‘wish granters’ for the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mia Izzo, Lucy Hanna, Julianne Knezovich, Allison Cassetta and Caitlan Herron have chosen to help grant the wishes of two Northeast Ohio ‘wish-kids’ with life-threatening medical conditions.

“For starters, we will meet the families in person to learn all about them and especially about the child and what they want their wish to be. Following that, we will work our magic along with Make-A-Wish to ensure that their wish is granted far and above their wildest dreams,” said Knezovich.

Wish granters are not permitted to reveal personal information about their ‘wish-kids,’ though families may choose to publicize their child’s participation.

After the wishes are submitted, Izzo said, “We will then follow up with the family and child regularly to see how the child is doing and update the Make-A-Wish Foundation on any changes in health.”

Granting the children’s wildest wishes requires substantial resources. On April 12, Knezovich, Cassetta and Herron helped to raise an estimated $500,000 for more than 70 Ohio children during Cleveland’s 2018 BIG Wish Gala at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland hotel.Photo of PA Almunae

Knezovich shared, “Through five BIG Wish Galas, Make-A-Wish raised over $2.2 million to grant local wishes. Just under 3,000 guests were greeted and supported by over 230 volunteers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, three states linked together as a region through Make-A-Wish.”

Our alumnae will work toward granting their first wishes in the coming months.

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