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Press Release

November 19, 2019

The Weather Channel Helps Grant Make-A-Wish® Child’s Wish to Meet Hero Jim Cantore

The Weather Channel television network and Make-A-Wish® arranged for wish kid Kaylee and her family to enjoy a fun-filled day at The Weather Channel television network headquarters in Atlanta on November 19 to fulfill her wish. Kaylee, a 9-year-old aspiring meteorologist and storm tracker from Missouri City, TX, has recently battled cancer and is currently in remission.

As an avid viewer of The Weather Channel, Kaylee’s wish to meet her hero, on-camera meteorologist Jim Cantore, came true during the visit. The morning started with breakfast and a meet-and-greet with Jim Cantore, followed by a private behind-the-scenes studio tour. Kaylee also filmed an on-camera weather forecast featuring the conditions in her hometown, and prepared for the segment with a visit to hair and makeup and the wardrobe department, where she received her own The Weather Channel & Lands’ End jacket. Additionally, Kaylee got to meet most of the network's on-camera meteorologists throughout her visit. An augmented reality experience and tour of the weather trucks that are used in the field during extreme weather events were also part of the family’s itinerary during the wish visit. 

“I was so honored to meet someone as bright and ambitious as Kaylee during her visit to our studio,” said Jim Cantore, on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel television network. “Her passion for weather and storm tracking clearly is already setting her up as a meteorologist in the making! This is not the first time we have fulfilled a wish for a Make-A-Wish child and when we do these, it’s so nice to see the whole company getting involved.”

“Working with Make-A-Wish to foster the dreams of children like Kaylee is very important to us,” said Nora Zimmett, chief content officer and EVP for The Weather Channel television network. “Seeing Kaylee’s passion for science and meteorology was encouraging, and we love supporting kids excited about STEM careers.”

“We’re extremely grateful to The Weather Channel for helping make Kaylee’s wish a reality,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “A wish come true can help a child battling a critical illness replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy.” 

The Weather Channel television network has helped enable multiple life-changing Make-A-Wish wishes over the last 12 years and is looking forward to continuing to support future wishes. 

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About The Weather Channel

Since its launch over 35 years ago, The Weather Channel television network has become the top-rated and most widely distributed weather network in America. The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet and serving as the nation’s only 24-hour source of national storm coverage. With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather, its expertise is unrivaled. in 2018, the Ipsos poll ranked The Weather Channel as the most trusted name in news media and in 2019, The Weather Channel was awarded an Emmy for its coverage of its new Immersive Mixed Reality technology. For nine years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the “TV News Brand of the Year”.

About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and nearly 40,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 315,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,600 in 2018 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.