On Saturday, August 9, 2014, Globe Education Network (GEN) students, staff, faculty and community partners participated in Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s Walk for Wishes. The two-mile walk and 5K race, which took place at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn., is an annual fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted while raising funds for future wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Participating GEN campuses included Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth, Globe University-Woodbury, Globe University-Minneapolis, Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center, Minnesota School of Business-Richfield and the GEN corporate office. GEN, along with five of its community partners including Pocket Hercules, Merrill Lynch, AOB Law, Staples and KNW, raised more than $22,000 for the organization.
“It is so wonderful to see the difference we can make when we work together,” says Mindy Myhre, director of corporate giving and outreach for Globe Education Network. “Everyone’s effort clearly shows the GEN We Care mission.”
Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980, when 7-year-old Christopher Greicius was being treated for leukemia. Since Chris had always wanted to be a police officer, the Arizona Department of Public Safety planned an experience to lift his spirits. He spent the day as a police officer, rode in a police helicopter, received a custom-tailored police uniform and was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in state history. Chris’ wish became inspiration for the world’s largest wish-granting organization, known today as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.