For the fourth year in a row, Millersville University will have the privilege of hosting a Make-A-Wish® reveal. On Saturday, April 27, the Marauders will welcome 13-year-old Christiana, Pa., native and Solanco High School freshman Owen Brazleton to help make his wish reveal a memorable occasion.
The wish reveal will take place at Seaber Softball Stadium following game one of the softball team’s doubleheader with Shippensburg. The Millersville University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) raised more than $5,000 for Make-A-Wish in 2018, which granted the group the opportunity to reveal Owen’s wish.
Around his 12th birthday in 2017, doctors diagnosed Owen with a rare, malignant brain and spinal tumor known as medulloblastoma. Owen underwent emergency surgery to have the tumor removed. Following recovery from surgery, he received intensive daily radiation treatment for six weeks, chemotherapy for 15 months, spending many weeks in the hospital. Owen completed his final chemotherapy treatment in February and was declared cancer-free but his battle against cancer continues.
According to a statement from Make-A-Wish, Owen’s wish was like a light at the end of the tunnel during his battle against cancer, giving him and his family something special to look forward to while he endured his life-saving treatments. His wish is for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can outshine all the other not-so-good days.
Millersville Athletics encourages fans to attend the softball games to support Owen and the Brazleton family. The games begin at 1 p.m. Admission is free but fans are encouraged to donate to Make-A-Wish at the gate.
NCAA Division II institutions have a long-standing relationship with Make-A-Wish, establishing a partnership in 2003 and has since raised nearly $6 million toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Almost 700 wishes have been granted through Division II contributions. Division II schools raised $474,000 for Make-A-Wish in 2018.
Make-A-Wish, together with the community, grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley has granted over 6500 Wishes since our Chapter’s inception in 1986. The Chapter serves Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, the Susquehanna Valley and Kent, New Castle and Sussex County in Delaware. Visit Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley at: www.philadesv.wish.org to learn more.