Gartner Is Walking For Wishes In Fort Myers

Associates help make wishes come true for local children diagnosed with critical medical conditions

Associates walk/run to raise money to grant wishes to 16 local children diagnosed with a critical illness
Associates walk/run to raise money to grant wishes to 16 local children diagnosed with a critical illness

Last month, 35 Fort Myers associates participated in a Walk For Wishes 5K Walk/Run, hosted by Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, at the nearby Florida Gulf Coast University campus. Gartner was the second largest team at the event and raised

Roderick Freeman ran in memory of Betsy Durante's son Kent
Roderick Freeman ran in memory of
Betsy Durante’s son Kent

enough money to grant wishes for 16 local children diagnosed with a critical illness.

The impact of a wish

Betsy Durante, Director, Consulting Order Management, lost her son Kent to cancer in 2016. She experienced firsthand the impact that Make-A-Wish can have on a child and his or her family.

“When your child is ill, your only thoughts are to get him better. Everything else gets put aside,” she explained. “Make-A-Wish brings “living” back into your lives. They give you the chance to get away from the doctors, hospitals and treatments, and have some fun.”

“Kent’s wish was to go scuba diving so we went on a cruise. It meant so much to him to have us all together and and it meant so much to me to see him having fun and happy. He had a fantastic time and it gave us all very special memories.”

Roderick Freeman, Order Management Specialist, ran in memory of Betsy’s son. “It felt good to get up and run. It felt even better to help kids achieve their dreams,” he says.

Associates hand out bubbles and Gartner Giveaways to children and adults
Associates hand out bubbles and Gartner
Giveaways to children and adults

Bottles of bubbles

In addition to running/walking in the event, Gartner associates set up a table with bottles of bubbles and Gartner giveaways for children and adults.

“We are proud and honored to have sponsored this year’s Walk for Wishes,” said Tamara Welch, Director, Campus Recruiting. “The kids loved the bubbles and it was great to see our Gartner community come together as one for such an amazing cause.”


If you are interested in joining our team, search for an open job here.

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