HOLIDAY — The founders of the Kids Wish Network, based in Holiday, have retired after 13 years of bringing joy to children in crisis across the country.
Shelley and Mark Breiner have passed the torch to a new executive director, Alicia Argiz-Lyons.
"Mark and I are gratified to have been able to touch the hearts of so many families; a feeling that most people will never imagine," Shelley Breiner said in a prepared statement. "The irony is that making the dreams of others a reality fulfilled our own dreams."
The charity initially started out as a wish-granting organization for children with life-threatening illnesses. But it expanded to provide other programs, including the Holiday of Hope Gift Bank, which donates millions of dollars in new toys to children's facilities across the country; the Hero program, which recognizes children who have overcome tragic circumstances with great strength and courage; and a funeral assistance program to help parents pay for services after exhausting their savings on their child's medical care.
"Our programs positively impact the lives of thousands of children every year, the charity is financially sound, and we have an incredibly talented new executive director, Alicia Argiz-Lyons, as well as a team of executive managers more than capable of rising to any challenge," Shelley Breiner said. "Our dedicated staff includes diverse talent certain to carry on Kids Wish Network's legacy."