GRAFTON — This past weekend, hundreds of area children afflicted with life-threatening medical conditions were able to cast their worries aside and spend a free, fun-filled day at Raging Rivers WaterPark.
Thanks to a donation from Raging Rivers to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 500 Make-A-Wish children and their family members in Missouri and Southern and Central Illinois were able to enjoy a free, daylong excursion at the park on Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20. In addition to donating the all-day passes, free parking was also provided to families, bringing the value of Raging Rivers’ donation to more than $10,000.
“A summer day spent at Raging Rivers is a special opportunity that guarantees hundreds of smiles; bringing hope, laughter and joy to our Wish Children and their families,” said volunteer Norma Glazebrook, who represents the Southern Illinois portion of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Illinois chapter. “The children we serve often miss out on normal activities due to their medical conditions. Raging Rivers has provided them with the opportunity to leave those challenges behind for a day and simply enjoy their time at the WaterPark, and we thank the staff at Raging Rivers for making this day possible.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is just one of several philanthropic efforts supported by Raging Rivers. The park hosts an annual Duck Race to benefit the River Bend Growth Association and offers a discounted rate to active military personnel each season. In addition, Raging Rivers participates in the annual Tour de Cure, a cycling fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association.
For information, call Raging Rivers at (618) 786-2345 or log on to www.ragingrivers.com.