Atlanta (August 31, 2007) – The Georgia Aquarium recently announced the donation of approximately 200 tickets annually to patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Patients ages 2-21 years are eligible to participate in the “Fish Wish” program. The program is intended to provide children who would not otherwise be able to visit the Aquarium, due to their prognoses or physical or financial limitations, the opportunity to do so. Tickets will be distributed by the Children’s Volunteer Services department and given to patients and their families at Children’s at Egleston, Children’s at Scottish Rite and Children’s at Hughes Spalding. Doctors, nurses and other staff at Children’s will have the opportunity to nominate patients and their families to receive tickets to the Aquarium once they have been discharged from the hospital’s care. “The “Fish Wish” program will provide so many patients and families with the opportunity to spend a day enjoying the sights and sounds of the Aquarium,” said Chris Jones, Director of Volunteer Services at Children’s. “It is a wonderful gift to give so many of our families -- a trip to the Aquarium where they can relax and focus on being a family rather than an illness or injury. It is a generous donation that will bring smiles to so many faces.” The annual donation of tickets to the Georgia Aquarium will be in addition and separate from the ongoing monthly television segment featuring one patient’s story that airs on WXIA-TV (NBC). Over the last year, Children’s, the Georgia Aquarium and WXIA-TV (NBC) have worked together to tell the touching stories of 12 patient families and their medical journey at Children’s, as well as provide a unique experience at the Aquarium. Employees also have the opportunity to submit patient family stories to be considered for the monthly television segments that will continue to air on WXIA-TV (NBC). Each month, one patient family’s story will be featured, highlighting their medical journey and treatment at Children’s, as well as a special trip to the Aquarium.
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and exciting guest experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. Operating three hospitals with more than half a million patient visits annually, Children’s is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, emergency, neonatal, orthopaedic an pulmonology services, as well as many other pediatric specialties. To learn more about Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, visit our Web site at www.choa.org or call 404-250-KIDS.