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Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. That is the Make-A-Wish mission, but why a wish and how is it life-changing? A wish is so much more than just a nice thing, a wish generates hope that leads to renewed strength and energy. A wish replaces fear and anxiety with excitement and joy. A wish can be a catalyst to improved health, both mentally and physically, in children battling critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida is honored to be the celebrated charity for the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side race weekend. We are thrilled to be a part of this event and to see all of the runners combine their love of Star Wars with their passion for giving back to the community. Runners have the opportunity to make a direct impact in the life of a child by making a donation at the time of registering for a race.

Star Wars Half Marathon Start Line with Fireworks

Our organization has been a celebrated charity of runDisney for the past two years, and through funds raised in that time together, we have been able to grant 3 wishes to children right here in Central Florida. Through the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side race weekend, we will be able to grant another 7! A wish can be anything a child wants it to be, the only limit is their imagination. They can vary from wanting to be an ice cream truck driver to wanting to meet their favorite celebrity. Nationwide, the most popular wish is to visit one of the Disney Theme Parks.

Did you know that a combined 89% of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals surveyed believe a wish experience can lead to increased physical health in wish kids? And that 99% of wish families surveyed reported increased feelings of happiness during and after their wish? You can learn more about our organization and the wishes we grant by visiting our booth at the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side race weekend Expo, where we will be sharing stories of past wishes and the impact a wish can have on a family and a community. Running the races? Make sure to look for us at the start lines where we will be sharing the story of how Make-A-Wish was founded and how you can continue to support our organization after the race! For more information, please visit

To register for Star Wars The Dark Side Half Marathon or the Star Wars First Order Challenge, click here.