In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios, Marvel Studios: Hero Acts is donating $1.25 million to provide transformative experiences to strengthen the lives of children impacted by serious illness.
What They Are Donating:
- $800,000 to Make-A-Wish to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world.
- $450,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation to help bring joy and comfort to children in hospitals.
What They Are Saying:
Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios: “We are proud to donate to Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation,” says Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios. “It is an honor to make a meaningful contribution to these two organizations that continually strive to enhance the lives of seriously ill children.”
Jon Stettner, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish International: “Wishes are an important part of a child’s medical care. They can have super power-like effects building the physical and emotional strength kids need to fight a critical illness.”
David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America: “Thanks to the support of Marvel Studios, more kids around the world will replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope through the experience of a wish-come-true.”
Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation: “Every kid dreams of transforming into their favorite Marvel super hero – and a hospitalized child is no different. Thanks to the generous support of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, tens of thousands of children in hospitals across the country will now have the opportunity to be transformed into Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther and other amazing super heroes with their very own Marvel Super Hero Starlight Gown.”
How Marvel Has Supported the Initiative:
- Chris Evans and Tom Holland, stars of Avengers: Infinity War, celebrated the announcement with special screenings of the film at New York’s Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in The Child Life Zone and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
- Over the past decade, Marvel Studios has hosted wish kids on film sets and at events around the world.
- Nine Make-A-Wish kids attended the April 23rd world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles.
- In December 2017, Marvel Studios and Make-A-Wish joined forces to grant the biggest set-visit wish ever, with 21 kids visiting the Atlanta, Georgia, set of the 2019 untitled Avengers film.
- Starlight Children’s Foundation will use the grant to produce more than 26,000 Starlight Gowns – the charity’s revolutionary new colorful and comfortable children’s hospital gowns – featuring artwork inspired by the suits of eight favorite Marvel Super Heroes.
- Marvel products and a custom Avengers-themed comic will also be added to the Disney hospital care packages that will be delivered to more than 440 children’s hospitals in the U.S.
- Earlier this year, Marvel Studios’ talent banded together for a social media challenge and raised $250,000 for Starlight as part of the Marvel Universe Unites campaign.