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Malden Catholic's Make-A-Wish Club Grants A Wish


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 MC Make-A-Wish Club donates $13,008 to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island to create Ivan’s Outdoor Sensory Oasis 

MALDEN, MA. (November 17, 2020) – Ivan, 15, is an easy-going teenager who enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. Diagnosed with a life-threatening seizure disorder, he also navigates a schedule of long days with his medical team and a steady routine of physical therapy. As a counterbalance to the stress of his medical challenges, Ivan wished to have what he calls an Outdoor Sensory Oasis.

In November 2020, Malden Catholic’s Make-A-Wish Club presented a check for $13,008 to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island to create and support Ivan’s Outdoor Sensory Oasis dream. With his parents by his side, Ivan spends hours on end in his peaceful oasis. He enjoys listening to the calming wind chimes and playing with the bubbling waters in the rock fountain. The smooth patio surface enables him to use his wheelchair with ease and is the perfect base for his physical therapy exercises. Ivan’s patio is truly helping him to build his strength and independence. His new picnic table also has proved to be a comfortable spot for sharing meals and conversation with his family.

Over the 2019 – 2020 academic year, Malden Catholic students and parents came together and raised money through a MC Family Paint and Giggles Comedy Night, Halloween Dress Down Day and also by selling a variety of items over the school year including ornaments, bracelets and candy grams. “This served as a reminder that with a community working together, we can provide renewed hope and uplifting joy when it is needed most,” stated John Thornburg, Malden Catholic Headmaster. “Our MC Make-A-Wish Club is also actively pursuing the fundraising plans to fulfill a third wish in the 2020 – 2021 school year.

According to Ivan’s mother, “Having a private outdoor space where Ivan can walk, listen and touch has been such a blessing for him!” And Ivan added, “I am so happy with my Outdoor Sensory Oasis. It is really is a wish come true!” Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Special Events Coordinator, Hilary Muntz who was onsite at Malden Catholic to receive the donation check commented, “Ivan and his family have discovered a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future. Thank you again to the Malden Catholic Make-A-Wish Club and all of those who were involved in granting Ivan’s special wish.”


Since 1932, Malden Catholic High School has shaped emerging leaders in our community, claiming a Nobel Laureate, a Senator, two ambassadors and countless community and business heads among its alumni. Annually, graduates attend some of the nation’s most renown universities including Harvard, Georgetown, Brown, Cornell, Tufts, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Amherst College. Foundational to student success is Malden Catholic's codivisional model which offers the best of both worlds, single-gender academics during the day and integrated social and extracurricular opportunities after school. Malden Catholic is known in the community for its rigorous academics, SFX Scholars Program and award-winning STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with electives such as Robotics and Engineering Design. Malden Catholic curriculum is designed to improve individual growth mindset, leadership principles, success outcomes along with integrating the Xaverian values of trust, humility, compassion, simplicity and zeal.


Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Since 1987, the organization has granted more than 8,500 wishes for children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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