NEW YORK -- When 11 year-old Trisha from Cincinnati, Ohio told Make-A-Wish® that she wished to work with the director, producers and crew of her favorite television show, Cyberchase, WNET's Emmy Award®-winning PBS KIDS animated math series for kids 6 to 11, the producers immediately went to work to make it happen.
Trisha's wish to help direct and guest star in an episode of Cyberchase came true May 27 when she and her family went on location in Ottawa, Canada, to become part of the Cyberchase animation team. Trisha will work one-on-one with the crew to bring an episode of Cyberchase to life, including a special voice appearance by Trisha herself. The episode featuring Trisha's animated TV debut will be broadcast on PBS KIDS in November 2015.
Cyberchase inspires children to approach math with enthusiasm, confidence and a "can-do" attitude, serving a critical need in informal math education.
"Making an impact on the lives of our viewers is at the core of public media," said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children's & Educational Media, WNET. "We are so honored to work with Make-A-Wish to make Trisha's wish come true. Our hope for her is a wish experience that is very special."
"We are thrilled to partner with WNET to make Trisha's wish a reality," said Caitlyn Edmonds, Wish Program Manager at Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. "This wish will be an incredible experience for Trisha and will provide her and her family memories to last a lifetime."
On average, every 38 minutes, a child with a life-threatening medical condition is granted their wish by Make-A-Wish. According to results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study cited by Make-A-Wish, when a kid is granted his or her wish, the experience improves the quality of life for not only the child but the child's entire family.
Trisha's wish experience will include assisting WNET and PIP Animation producers, director, animation director, lead designer and other crew members through various stages of animation production, including character design, background color, scene assembly and animation. She'll also step into the recording booth to voice a character in one of the episodes.
"We are so happy to be collaborating with WNET and Make-A-Wish to grant Trisha's wish," said Dulcie Clark, Founder and CEO of Pip Animation Services Inc. "We are pulling out all the stops to ensure an unforgettable wish experience for her and her family."