The lazy days of summer may have begun for some of us, but Make-A-Wish Arizona is gearing up for one of the busiest wish granting summers on record, and your frequent flier miles can help.

Nearly 100 Arizona children battling life-threatening medical conditions will have their one true wish granted before the new school year begins, and the majority of these wishes require air travel. Some of those trips include a wish to meet the Pope, a wish to meet President Barack Obama, and a wish to see the turtles in the Galapagos Islands.

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New president, officers announced for the ArMA

Dr. William Thrift became the 121st president of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) on June 1 at the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix. Thrift will serve a one-year term in that capacity.

He completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Arizona State University. Prior to attending medical school, Thrift was manager of Terros, Inc., a drug crisis center. He attended Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and in 1983 received his medical degree from the University of Arizona. Thrift completed a residency in family practice at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in 1986, and is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In his role as ArMA president, Thrift will be responsible for leadership of the ArMA Board of Directors and members, for organizational support and representation, and for communication with the membership of the organization through the quarterly AZ Medicine magazine.

The following officers were also elected to serve one-year terms: president-elect, Dr. Thomas Rothe, Tucson; vice president, Dr. Daniel Marino, Phoenix; and at-large members, Dr. Jacqueline Chadwick, Phoenix; Dr. Jeff Mueller, Phoenix; and Dr. Gretchen Alexander, Phoenix. Dr. Traci Yanke, Phoenix, was elected treasurer, which is a two-year term.

ArMA has been promoting and providing leadership in the field of medicine for more than a century. For more information, visit

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