Special Wish Child, Inc. was formed in 1987 as a community service project of the Tyler Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors to provide wishes to terminally ill
or permanently disabled children in the East Texas Area. Funds to provide the "Special Wishes" were to be raised through an annual golf tournament. In 2005, the East Texas Association of Health Underwriters joined TAIFA in presenting the tournament.
The Special Wish Child, Inc. Board and Tournament Committee is comprised of 100% Volunteers of professionals from the insurance and financial organizations as well as other community leaders such as doctors and CPAs, so all of the money raised goes to grant the wishes of the children. During the past twenty years, over eighty children and their families have benefited from having their wishes granted—plus Special Wish Child, Inc. has provided equipment to St. Louis School for a new therapy center to benefit all the students who attend the school.
Wishes range from trips to Disney World, Branson, MO, NASCAR races, Six Flags and Sea World, to a therapy horse, birthday parties and shopping sprees. Special Wish Child, Inc. is also able to provide equipment to children to make everyday living easier. Some children have requested items such as a PowerLink 3 switch to enable a child to turn a TV or light on and off without assistance using the head, special chairs and therapy gyms have also been given.
Many corporate sponsors, golfers and volunteers have been a part of the organization since the beginning, and many others are long-time supporters. They are the ones who make it all possible.
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