WAUKESHA -- People involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation can be pretty passionate -- but for an important reason.
Seven-year-old Bella Giera and nine-year-old Mia Giera have each experienced the elation that comes with the granting of a wish. For each of these girls, their wish was a trip to DisneyWorld.
"People raise money so those kids can have their wishes," Mia Giera said. "I saw Mickey Mouse and Pluto."
The Giera girls love to look back on their trips, as their younger sister Emma looks forward to eventually making her wish, as the sisters share a rare genetic disease with their mother.
"That was real emotional for us -- accepting that this is our life, and this is a real disease, and we can't put it behind us," Jenny Giera, the girls' mother said.
But the Giera girls say having their wishes granted makes a difference.
"It was so exciting to stop all the doctors for nine days and stuff. It just made me -- helped me feel better for a few days," Mia Giera said.
This was all made possible thanks to the generosity of those who support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"These people are constantly giving and donating and -- whether it's airline miles or something else -- if you can give, it's helping these wishes. The wishes are coming true because all these people are coming together," Jenny Giera said.
For the last several years, the two eldest Giera girls have asked folks to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation instead of buying birthday gifts for them.
You can help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant wishes for more children like the Giera girls by joining FOX6 News for the "Wishes in Flight" phone bank set for Thursday night, September 24th.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation provides about 1,200 round-trip flights each year.
At the same time, trillions of airline miles go unused every year.
Instead of letting your miles expire, you can donate them, and help kids' wishes take flight.