Isagenix Reveals Wish for 11-Year-Old Boy at 2014 Annual Celebration Event
‘I Can’t Believe That I’m Going to Australia to See a Platypus!’
Magic can often be in rare supply these days, but when witnessed in person it can make anyone’s day. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Isagenix 2014 “Strength in Momentum” Celebration at the San Diego Convention Center, it was an extra magical moment for more than 10,000 audience members thanks to one courageous young boy and Make-A-Wish®.
Ben is a brave 11-year-old who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia a little more than one year ago. This past June, Ben completed his last chemotherapy treatment and began a two-and-a-half year “maintenance” period. This period brings new challenges and freedoms for Ben and he is ready to embark in new journeys in life. “Make-A-Wish makes such a big difference in the lives of families going through hard times,” says Ben’s dad, Ingolf.
Because of Ben’s love of magic, he was asked to participate in a live magic show with magician, Gerry Katzman, owner of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Ben performed several mind-blowing tricks with Magician Gerry while his mom, Stephanie, dad, Ingolf, and 8-year-old brother, Leon, watched him help perform the grand finale. “To see a child's face light up because he's doing magic, and then to see a glimmer of hope in his eyes performing what he loves to do was inspiring,” says Gerry.
The performance revealed that Ben will travel to Australia to meet a platypus this fall; this is the only place in the world where one can see platypuses in the wild. The wish reveal deeply touched his family and the audience.
“I’ve always dreamed to see a furry creature who is a mammal and lays eggs,” exclaims 11-year-old Ben. “And I can’t believe that I’m going to Australia with my entire family to do this.”
Along with the live wish reveal, Isagenix Board Member Jim Pierce, and his wife, Tammy, challenged the company’s top income earners to match their donation of $100,000. Overall, the audience raised $348,000 in one hour with more donations coming in to help Make-Wish throughout the day to encourage their philanthropic endeavors.
Visit the “Culture” tab on Isagenix.com or, visit wish.org for more information about Make-A-Wish America and worldwish.org for more information about Make-A-Wish International. If you have any questions or a Make-A-Wish story to share, email IsaWish@IsagenixCorp.com.
For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit the “Culture” tab on Isagenix.com and select “Charities.” Or you can visit wish.org for more information on Make-A-Wish America and worldwish.org for more information on Make-A-Wish International. For questions or to share a story, email IsaWish@IsagenixCorp.com.
About Isagenix International
Established in 2002, Isagenix International believes that everyone deserves to experience a healthy, joyful, and abundant life. The global wellbeing company artfully crafts more than 175 effective products and offers a supportive community for its more than 550,000 customers worldwide. Isagenix shares its products through a network of independent distributors in 26 markets: the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, South Korea, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The private family-owned company has its world headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, visit Isagenix.com.