Matt About Town: Meet the CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, and learn about the inspiring story of how she got involved

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic CEO Lesli Creedon's inspiring story of family, recovery, and philanthropy

Throughout the month of April, WTOP is highlighting our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Operation Dream Maker, which raises money to fulfill the wishes of the children of our nation’s military heroes diagnosed with critical illnesses.

Last year, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted 386 wishes in the DMV community. The nonprofit said around a third of the kids who get wishes in the D.C. area are those whose parents or guardians are serving or have served in the military.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax caught up with Lesli Creedon, the president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, to talk more about the work they’re doing in the community (and learn about Operation Dream Maker)!

But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Lesli’s story.

As Matt found out, her connection to Make-A-Wish and her journey to becoming the head of the nonprofit’s Mid-Atlantic branch is personal, involving the journey of her son, Jack.

Every year on April 29, World Wish Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Make-A-Wish. April is also both the Month of the Military Child and World Wish Month!

To find more stories like Lesli’s, meet the Wish Kids of the DMV and learn how you can give back to the worthy cause of turning a child’s dream into reality, you can visit

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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