WHO:                   Wish Kid Austin, 7, from Mint Hill, N. C., who suffers from progressive cerebellar atrophy (a degenerative brain disorder), and his family.

WHAT:                 Granting Austin’s one true wish to visit ultra-accessible™ Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first theme park and splash park, respectively, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone.  This magical wish will be granted by Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas and Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina.   More than 100 Make-A-Wish Kids have visited Morgan’s Wonderland since it opened in 2010.

WHEN:                 Scheduled to arrive at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Morgan’s Inspiration Island.  (Austin is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Morgan’s Wonderland.)

WHERE:               Morgan’s Inspiration Island and Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive (at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive a half-mile west of IH 35 in Northeast San Antonio).

WHY:                    To enable Wish kids to enjoy a day of fun, create lasting memories with family members and provide a respite from the day-to-day regimen of medical treatment.

ETC.:                      Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, features more than 25 attractions including rides, playscapes and gardens.   Morgan’s Inspiration Island, which offers lots of get-wet fun in the Texas sun, last year earned a spot on TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places list.   For more information about the parks, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.

                                Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes to kids with critical illnesses.  Established in 1984, Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas has granted over 4,800 wishes with the help of more than 250 active volunteers and a community of generous donors.  Research shows that kids who have wishes granted build the emotional and physical strength to fight their illness.  A wish has the power to change lives and produce better health outcomes.  For more information, visit www.cstx.wish.org.

CONTACT:           Diandra Buckley at Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas – (210) 525-9474 or dbuckley@cstx.wish.org; or Jessica Lizardo at Morgan’s Wonderland – (210) 637-3414 or jlizardo@MorgansWonderland.com.