Make-A-Wish Maine will host its 14th annual Walk For Wishes in seven towns across Maine, including a Rockland walk on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m. beginning at the Rockland Congregational Church.

“This is a critical fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Maine. All money raised here stays here to help local children,” said Tom Peaco, executive director of Make-A-Wish Maine in a news release. “The need has never been greater, we’re seeing record referrals this year and events like these walks are important in supporting our goal to help every eligible child in Maine.”

Last year Make-A-Wish raised more than $100,000, enough to grant 16 life-changing wishes, and has assigned the same fundraising goal this year. To join the walk, participants can register and collect money online, or can call the Make-A-Wish Maine office to register. Adults who raise $100 or more and children who raise $50 or more will receive a free Walk for Wishes T-shirt.

More than 1,160 Maine children with life-threatening illnesses have received their greatest wish thanks to generous Maine donors. Children like 10-year-old Tess who lives with a severe seizure disorder and wished for a specially trained seizure alert dog; or 2-year-old Noah who won his battle with cancer and had his one true wish, a lunch with Disney characters, granted this year.

A granted wish replaces fear with happiness and helps a child feel like a normal kid who is less isolated and more empowered to take back control of his/her life. More than 80 percent of parents of wish kids observed a decrease in their child’s anxieties and fears after receiving their wish, and marked the wish as a major turning point in their response to treatment.

To register for the Walk for Wishes, visit or call (800) 491-3171. Walk participants can manage pledges, donations, teams and emails directly online. Make-A-Wish thanks lead sponsors Trusted Choice, Center Street Dental, Capitol Dental Care, Argo Marketing.