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8th Annual Heroes & Helmets for Hope

November 01, 2017

Heroes & Helmets for Hope
Time :

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location :

KGET-TV 17 Studios
22nd & L Streets
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Inspired by wish child, Ryan, the 8th annual "Heroes & Helmets For Hope" brings together our local firefighters, wish kids & their families for a one-day donation drive to help grant the wishes of critically-ill children in Kern County. Firefighters will be collecting donations outside the TV-17 Studios as well as at the intersections of Stockdale & Gosford and at Olive & Knudsen.

A Drive-Thru BBQ Lunch, including deep pit sandwich, chips and drink, will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for $7.00. 

This annual fundraiser was inspired by wish child Ryan Wiggins who was diagnosed at the age of 4 years old with leukemia. 

In 2010, Ryan’s Dad and Grandfather, both firefighters, joined with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to launch an event that would join City and County firefighters in a citywide donor drive to benefit Make-A-Wish Central California.

Ryan, now 13 years old and in the 7th grade, is cancer free. She had her wish granted six years ago when she and her family took a trip of a lifetime to Disney World. The Wiggins Family continues to be ambassadors for our local Make-A-Wish Foundation by spearheading this annual event.

Donations will benefit Kern County Wish kids and Make-A-Wish Central California, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This past year, Make-A-Wish of Central California, granted a total of 140 wishes. An average cost of a wish is $6,000. Make-A-Wish never turns away a wish request from a qualified child.  

Special thanks to our sponsors: 

  • Kern County Fire Department
  • Bakersfield Fire Department
  • The Wiggins Family
  • KGET-TV 17
  • KUZZ-FM 107.9
  • JACK-FM 97.3

For more info, call (661) 634-WISH (9474).

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Make-A-Wish® Central California
351 W. Cromwell Ave.
Suite 112-A
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 221-9474