NEW YORK,NY-Earlier this year, WNET teamed up with Make-A-Wish to grant the wish of 10-year old Trisha from Cincinnati, Ohio. Trisha wished to work with the director, producers and crew of her favorite show, ‘Cyberchase’, WNET’s Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series for kids 6 to 11. In May, Trisha and her family went on location in Ottawa, Canada to become part of the ‘Cyberchase’ animation team at PIP Animation.
Working with the WNET producers and the PIP crew, Trisha had the opportunity to bring an episode of ‘Cyberchase’ to life. She helped design her own character, Oona, and even voiced her in the recording studio. Trisha also assisted in the various stages of animation production for new ‘Cyberchase’ episodes, including background color and scene assembly. Season 10 of ‘Cyberchase’ launched on Nov 9. The episode featuring Trisha’s animated TV debut, ‘Parks and Recreation’, premiered on Nov 12 on PBS stations across the country. “We were delighted to help make Trisha’s wish a reality,” said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children’s & Educational Media, WNET. “Her joy and enthusiasm for participating in the production of ‘Cyberchase’ was inspiring to us all. Trisha is a role model and we’re honored to have had the opportunity to spend the day with her.” On average, every 37 minutes, a child with a life-threatening medical condition is granted his or her wish by Make-A-Wish. According to results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study cited by Make-A-Wish, when a kid is granted a wish, the experience improves the quality of life not only for the child but for the child’s entire family.