Even much-loathed celebrities like Donald Trump and Paris Hilton have gone out of their way to fulfill the request of sick or dying children who wanted to meet them. Here are the surprising stories of famous people and companies who said no to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (and other similar charities).
Garten hosts the Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, in addition to writing six bestselling cookbooks. In 2010, the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Garten on behalf of six-year-old leukemia patient Enzo Pereda, who wanted nothing more than to spend a few hours cooking with the celebrity chef. But Garten turned him down. In 2011, the Foundation asked Garten again. Again, she turned them down. After the news was made public, Garten apologized, and a representative said it was an oversight, and that Garten receives “100 requests a month to support charitable causes,” and can’t possibly fulfill them all. After the incident became a publicity nightmare, Garten reached out to Pereda’s family, and had suddenly found time in her busy schedule to cook with the sick child. No thanks, said Pereda and Make-A-Wish—they were working on fulfilling Enzo’s #2 wish: to swim with dolphins.