Tooele, UT (May 17, 2019) – Surrounded by friends, family, and community leaders, Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation recently held a Disney-themed wish reveal for two year-old Rhyan to surprise her with the news that her wish to visit Walt Disney World will be funded by Chartway’s charitable arm and granted by Make-A-Wish Utah.
Held at Chartway’s branch located at 562 North Main Street in Tooele, UT, more than 50 people – including Tooele mayor Debbie Winn, members of the Tooele Chamber of Commerce; Chartway’s board chairman, George Sauer; Chartway’s 1st vice chairman & treasurer, Bob Holmes; Chartway board member and CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah, Jared Perry; Chartway’s president & CEO, Brian Schools; Chartway’s executive vice president & chief operating officer, Kim Little; We Promise Foundation executive director Karen Lane, and more – attended the big reveal where Rhyan arrived by limousine and was greeted by high-fives as she traveled across a red carpet rolled out just for her.
Following the theme of her wish, a presentation for Rhyan was held where Frozen characters Queen Elsa and Princess Anna read the signature Make-A-Wish Utah Wish Proclamation scroll to announce that Rhyan’s wish was being granted thanks to a charitable grant from Chartway’s We Promise Foundation.
Rhyan’s life drastically changed when she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia found in only 1 – 2% of all childhood leukemia cases. Each year, only 25 to 50 cases are diagnosed, equating to roughly three out of a million children. As Rhyan fights her leukemia with chemotherapy and as doctor’s determine the potential need for a bone marrow transplant, her smile still lights up a room and her superhero-like perseverance prevails.
“The We Promise Foundation strengthens the communities we serve by partnering with companion charities, sponsors, and contributors to provide the financial support needed to make dreams and wishes come to life for children facing medical challenges,” stated We Promise Foundation executive director, Karen Lane. “We’re honored to work alongside Make-A-Wish Utah as a dedicated partner so that children like Rhyan can experience a dream come true.”
Make-A-Wish Utah CEO Jared Perry agreed. “Chartway Federal Credit Union and its We Promise Foundation are vital partners in granting wishes in our community,” he said. “Wishes are life-changing experiences for all involved, and we were excited to witness this power first-hand as we joined together to tell Rhyan that her wish was being granted.”
Chartway’s We Promise Foundation and Make-A-Wish Utah have been long-time partners in making wishes come true for children battling life-threatening conditions across the state. Since partnering with Make-AWish Utah in 2011, Chartway’s We Promise Foundation have donated $1,300,000 to Make-A-Wish Utah to grant the wishes of 285 children in Utah.
Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation hosted a Disney-themed wish reveal for two year-old Rhyan who has a rare form of leukemia. More than 50 people, including Chartway’s president & CEO Brian Schools, attended the special celebration.
Held at Chartway’s branch located at 562 North Main Street in Tooele, UT, two year old Rhyan was delighted to spend the afternoon with more than 50 leaders and supporters, including treasured Frozen characters Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.
A magical moment occurred when Queen Elsa and Princess Anna of Frozen gifted Rhyan her very own Frozen dress and read the Make-A-Wish Utah Wish Proclamation scroll to announce that her wish to travel to Walt Disney World was being granted thanks to a charitable grant from Chartway’s We Promise Foundation. Pictured [L to R]: Chartway’s senior vice president of member solutions services, Melissa Cade; Rhyan’s family; Chartway board member and CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah, Jared Perry; Chartway’s senior vice president of branch services, Skip Wilson; We Promise Foundation executive director, Karen Lane; special guest Rhyan; Chartway’s corporate development executive, Paul Annunziata; and Chartway’s president & CEO, Brian Schools.
About Chartway Federal Credit Union
Chartway Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial institution, has been proudly serving members for more than half a century. Guided by its vision, mission, and values, the $2.2 billion credit union is dedicated to making life more affordable for its 190,000 members through more than 30 branches and online, mobile, video, and telephone banking services, including mobile deposit, mobile bill pay, and digital wallets. As one of the largest credit unions with membership concentrations in Virginia, Utah, and Texas, Chartway is consistently recognized for its financial strength, its ability to make life affordable for its members, and for its philanthropic efforts through its charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, which has raised more than $11 million to provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. For more information, visit www.Chartway.com; or, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Chartway's We Promise Foundation
As Chartway Federal Credit Union’s charitable arm, We Promise strengthens the communities it serves by partnering with companion charities, sponsors, and contributors to provide the financial support needed to make dreams and wishes come to life for children facing medical challenges. Since 1999, the credit union and its We Promise Foundation have raised more than $10.5 million to provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. For more information, visit www.WePromiseFoundation.org; or, visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest tobring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.