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February 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – Transwestern today announces its fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic granted a wish for Norman, a 15-year-old boy from Herndon, Virginia. Norman, who has leukemia, was granted his wish of going on a Caribbean cruise with his family. Transwestern recently renewed its national partnership with Make-A-Wish for a third year to continue granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

“This trip was literally his wish come true,” said Norman’s mother. “It’s hard to really pinpoint Norman’s favorite part of his trip because there were so many, and he had experiences that he has never had before. There is not one thing we would change about this Make-A-Wish experience. Thank you for bringing so much happiness to Norman.”

Norman’s wish allowed him to focus on a relaxing vacation with his family rather than his fight against cancer. His trip included jet skiing, swimming with dolphins, parasailing and snorkeling.

“Transwestern is so proud to support Make-A-Wish in its mission to create uplifting, positive experiences for children with critical illnesses,” said Phil McCarthy, Transwestern Executive Managing Director and Mid-Atlantic Market Leader. “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when individuals work together to support a cause. We look forward to working toward granting another wish through our fundraising efforts in 2018.”

Transwestern’s Mid-Atlantic region raised more than $20,000 in 2017 through a variety of internal and external fundraising initiatives including: an in-office fundraiser in which team members made donations to send a “flock” of inflatable flamingoes to a fellow team member’s desk; a tie competition between two Asset Services team members who each wore a different neck tie every day until their inventory of ties was depleted; a donate-to-play March Madness bracket competition; food trucks stationed at Transwestern-managed properties donating a portion of their profits to Make-A-Wish; bake sales; and casual jeans days at the office in exchange for a small donation.

Support for wishes is important because research has shown that when a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy. The wish experience helps a child build the emotional and physical strength needed to fight a critical illness and can be a crucial part of the healing process.

Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Asset Services and Research, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Based in Houston, Transwestern has 35 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 180 offices in 37 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate. Experience Extraordinary at and @Transwestern. For updates from the Mid-Atlantic region, follow @TranswesternDC.

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 9,500 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. Last year, the local chapter was able to grant over 440 wishes. This year alone, 840 more local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. For every wish granted, there is another child waiting to receive their wish. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit:

Media Contact:
Emily Laird

Phillip McCarthy

Executive Managing Director - Market Leader

Washington, District of Columbia

(301) 896-9011