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4-year-old recipient of Make-A-Wish San Diego


Troop Joined Carlsbad Company Spinal Elements, Recipient of Make-A-Wish San Diego’s 2014 Corporate Partner Award, in Hosting Ceremony Honoring 4-Year-Old Wish Kid Benjamin from San Marcos

Carlsbad, CA – December 8, 2014 — Spinal Elements®, Inc., a San Diego-based spine technology company, celebrated a very special wish it recently granted to Benjamin, a local Wish Kid in a festive ceremony held on Friday at their corporate offices in Carlsbad. 16 girls from Encinitas Brownie Troop 1050 were on hand to give holiday cheer, greet Benjamin with homemade signs, and presented Chris Sichel, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish San Diego, a miniature donation check for $100 –proceeds from their 2014 cookie sales. Spinal Elements is the recipient of the Make-A-Wish® San Diego 2014 Corporate Partner Award, and has donated almost $100,000 to Make-A-Wish San Diego in just two short years. These donations are made possible by Spinal Elements’ Hero Allograft product and the surgeons and hospitals that use it. Spinal Elements donates net profits from the sale of its Hero Allograft to charities benefiting children with life-threatening medical conditions. The company sees allograft as a gift, and Hero Allograft honors that gift and pays it forward to children that need it the most.

Jason Blain, president, Spinal Elements presented Benjamin with his very own “Hero” cape and gifted the family a special video montage of Benjamin’s journey. Kaitlyn Blain, daughter of Jason Blain, is the reason that her Brownie Troop donated their cookie proceeds to Make-A-Wish San Diego. Kaitlyn was aware of Make-A-Wish because of her Dad’s company, and knew about Benjamin’s Wish. When Brownie troop leaders asked the girls where they thought the proceeds should go, Kaitlyn gave a presentation about Benjamin and Make-A-Wish, and the girls voted for the proceeds to go there. Kaitlyn presented her Brownie Troop’s check to Chris Sichel, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish San Diego, at the ceremony.

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