As the owner of Miami-based Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Brian Shechtman operates the Christmas-themed park and manages its marketing department. In addition, Brian Shechtman affiliates his business with numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Established in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation works to grant wishes for young people with life-threatening medical conditions. Each year, the foundation grants 14,000 wishes, which equates approximately to one wish every 38 minutes.
In early January 2014, a teenager from Washington received his wish, which was to have his Honda Civic Coupe restored and refinished. Carter Bessert, a 17-year-old, found out in November 2012 that he had full renal failure. After dialysis did not work, he underwent a kidney transplant. Learning their son qualified for the program while he was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bessert’s family contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which approved his wish. A local business owner performed more than 100 hours of work on Bessert’s car, ensuring the automobile received the highest quality of upgrades.
Brian Shechtman owns and operates the popular Miami area theme park Santa’s Enchanted Forest, which is currently celebrating its 31st year of spreading holiday cheer. He takes pride in the park’s community focus and welcomes groups of children each year through partnerships with local charities. Among the organizations Brian Shechtman partners with is the Miami Children’s Hospital’s Center.This organization is very special to him.
Offering state-of-the-art oncology services, the Cancer Center at Miami Children’s Hospital maintains status as South Florida’s leading provider of pediatric cancer patient care. Patients with complex blood disorders and leukemia receive quality medical care tailored to their specific psychological and physical needs. One of the most well-known offerings of the center is its Bone Marrow Transplant Program, which was established more than two decades ago. The program maintains full accreditation through the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies and is affiliated with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, which allows it to seek out diverse unrelated donors for patients requiring transplants.