AMSURG Division Vice President of Operations Dave Killean has teamed up with a former Make-A Wish recipient as Killean sets out to complete 140.6 miles in the Chattanooga Ironman triathlon at the end of next month.
Killean has joined with 13-year-old Miles, who has been fighting leukemia since his diagnosis at the age of nine, to “pay it forward.” An avid basketball fan, Miles had his wish to meet Kobe Bryant granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Los Angeles in 2013. Killean is raising money in Miles’s name in order to give another child a chance to have his or her wish come true. The goal is for “Team Miles & DK” to raise $8,000 by September 28th. Every dollar of the tax-deductible donations will go towards granting the wish of a child in Middle Tennessee with a life-threatening medical condition.
If Killean reaches his goal, “I will have the most appreciative honor of presenting the check to the child chosen, renewing their courage and find a turning point in their life,” Killean said.
For more information on Team Miles & DK and the Make-A-Wish program or to make a donation, please click here to visit the team’s website. “We also ask that you too ‘pay-it-forward’ after making a monetary contribution, by forwarding this story to those in your life as well as share and repost on social media,” Killean said.
“If a monetary contribution is not feasible at this time, I ask that you please keep Miles in your prayers with his continued battle with leukemia, as well as me for my continued safe journey to the finish line of Ironman Chattanooga on September 28.”
Earlier this year, AMSURG employees collected money to help send a family to Disney World through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.