I think the best way to measure the past years is in how many lives were changed because of Make-A-Wish. Here are some of the events that stood out to me.
January: Anton had his wish to learn to play the violin granted with the help of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Make-A-Wish North Texas.
February: Jack Black granted the wishes of two awesome wish kids, Tomer and Wyatt.
March: Hanna’s wish to go perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra comes true.
April: One of the busiest months for Make-A-Wish. Not only is April National Volunteer Month, but April 29 was World Wish Day and many great things happened across the globe. Make-A-Wish called for supporters to donate air miles to mark the occasion.
Darrius’s wish came true in Arizona, and landed him a spot on the cover of the Make-A-Wish annual calendar.
May: Atticus and his Green Machine youth soccer team play against Major League Soccer team Portland Timbers.
June: We celebrated many wish kids who battled cancer and won. June 2 was National Cancer Survivors Day.
July: Twelve-year-old Ryan wishes to create a video game. With help from a collective of video game designers, “Monkey Wars” video game is now available for download.
August: The ESPN SportsCenter “My Wish” series returned. Also, Make-A-Wish America launched Wish Nation, its first-ever official blog.
September: Wish kid Skylar in Hawaii was named Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneur of the Year – she is also the youngest to ever receive this honor!
October: An anonymous donor gave Make-A-Wish $26,000 at a horseracing event.
November: Rock band Papa Roach grants Mark’s wish to have a rock star experience.
Obviously, I couldn’t possibly write this recap without at least mentioning the phenomenon that is Batkid. Not only did more than 10,000 people come together in San Francisco to grant Miles’ wish … but it brought so much traffic to wish.org that it temporarily crashed our servers.
December: Giving Tuesday was a major event. And Aaron’s wish captures the essence of the season in every way possible.
And we finally broke through the "14,000 wishes" barrier for the first time ever – but if we are going to grant the wishes of every single eligible child, we need to double the greatness that took place this year.
There are plenty of ways to give so 2014 is even better. After all, now is the time to reflect on the great things we all have done so far … and consider what we can do to make next year even greater.
So, what are your favorite Make-A-Wish moments of 2013?