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Wish Wednesday: Farm Fun

Wish kid Jillie stands in front of her mini-farm.
When hearing about wishes that have been granted, the most special part is seeing how everyone can see a bit of themselves in the wish. No matter the obscurity of the wish, each person can see the beauty of a wish and tie it back into a memory from their childhood. When I read about Jillie's chicken coop wish, that very thing happened to me.

Apr 15, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Farm Fun

Wish kid Jillie stands in front of her mini-farm.
When hearing about wishes that have been granted, the most special part is seeing how everyone can see a bit of themselves in the wish. No matter the obscurity of the wish, each person can see the beauty of a wish and tie it back into a memory from their childhood. When I read about Jillie's chicken coop wish, that very thing happened to me.

Wish Wednesday: Embracing Cold-Blooded Friends

Wish kid Jake and his parents pose for a picture.
Crocodiles and lizards and snakes – oh my! Handling creatures from the reptilia class can be terrifying for many, but not for wish kid Jake. He wished to do just that as a reptile handler.

Apr 08, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Embracing Cold-Blooded Friends

Wish kid Jake and his parents pose for a picture.
Crocodiles and lizards and snakes – oh my! Handling creatures from the reptilia class can be terrifying for many, but not for wish kid Jake. He wished to do just that as a reptile handler.

Wish Wednesday: A wish that defied the weather

When I watched the video about CJ’s wish to have a synthetic ice rink in his backyard, I couldn’t help but be reminded about Phoenix’s synthetic ice rink and all of the joy that it brings to people of the Valley. I could only imagine how happy it must make CJ, who loves to play hockey and now has a place to do so.

Apr 01, 2015

Wish Wednesday: A wish that defied the weather

When I watched the video about CJ’s wish to have a synthetic ice rink in his backyard, I couldn’t help but be reminded about Phoenix’s synthetic ice rink and all of the joy that it brings to people of the Valley. I could only imagine how happy it must make CJ, who loves to play hockey and now has a place to do so.

Wish Wednesday: Slam Dunk Wishes

Although baseball takes the crown for America’s favorite pastime, basketball takes a humble second place — especially when March rolls around. Every year it’s impossible to make it through the month without hearing the words “bracket,” “final four” or “upsets.” We can thank March Madness for that.

Mar 18, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Slam Dunk Wishes

Although baseball takes the crown for America’s favorite pastime, basketball takes a humble second place — especially when March rolls around. Every year it’s impossible to make it through the month without hearing the words “bracket,” “final four” or “upsets.” We can thank March Madness for that.

Wish Wednesday: Why Gabriel’s National Park Wish Is Special To Me

Thousands of acres of land are at the disposal of every citizen and guest of the U.S. National Parks have something that everyone can enjoy, whether it’s hiking, rafting, fishing, animal watching, camping or just enjoying the breathtaking landscapes the stretch from coast to coast. When was the last time you took a second to appreciate the public lands of your country?

Mar 04, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Why Gabriel’s National Park Wish Is Special To Me

Thousands of acres of land are at the disposal of every citizen and guest of the U.S. National Parks have something that everyone can enjoy, whether it’s hiking, rafting, fishing, animal watching, camping or just enjoying the breathtaking landscapes the stretch from coast to coast. When was the last time you took a second to appreciate the public lands of your country?

Wish Wednesday: An Out Of This World Wish

Wish kid Fred watches the space shuttle launch.
Tonight, take a second to go outside and look up at the night sky. What do you see? Stars, space dust, the moon? Maybe you can point out a few constellations that you remember learning in grade school. For thousands of years the sky has left people in awe, been used for science and inspired thousands of scientists, philosophers and even wish kids.

Feb 25, 2015

Wish Wednesday: An Out Of This World Wish

Wish kid Fred watches the space shuttle launch.
Tonight, take a second to go outside and look up at the night sky. What do you see? Stars, space dust, the moon? Maybe you can point out a few constellations that you remember learning in grade school. For thousands of years the sky has left people in awe, been used for science and inspired thousands of scientists, philosophers and even wish kids.

Wish Wednesday: Music That Heals

Wish kid Ayden recieved a makeover to prepare for her performance.
Music can be therapeutic. The beats, rhythms and melodies of songs create an escape unlike any other, exposing raw emotion and fostering hope. For many wish kids, music is an essential part of their lives, allowing them a chance to escape the pain of treatments for moments at a time. To wish kids, music is a powerful form of medicine, instrumental in their recovery process.

Feb 18, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Music That Heals

Wish kid Ayden recieved a makeover to prepare for her performance.
Music can be therapeutic. The beats, rhythms and melodies of songs create an escape unlike any other, exposing raw emotion and fostering hope. For many wish kids, music is an essential part of their lives, allowing them a chance to escape the pain of treatments for moments at a time. To wish kids, music is a powerful form of medicine, instrumental in their recovery process.

Wish Wednesday: Wishes Making Headlines

Wish kid Ava recieves a ballerina giraffe courtesy of Make-A-Wish and Build-A-Bear®.
While all wishes are inherently newsworthy, not all find their way into the headlines. Here are some wishes that have been picked up by media outlets this month, highlighting the happiness caused by Make-A-Wish experiences, the giving back that funds wishes and the organizations that support Make-A-Wish.

Feb 11, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Wishes Making Headlines

Wish kid Ava recieves a ballerina giraffe courtesy of Make-A-Wish and Build-A-Bear®.
While all wishes are inherently newsworthy, not all find their way into the headlines. Here are some wishes that have been picked up by media outlets this month, highlighting the happiness caused by Make-A-Wish experiences, the giving back that funds wishes and the organizations that support Make-A-Wish.

Wish Wednesday - Healing Homes

Alicia enjoys her new hot tub with the help of her mom
Most of our wish kids have spent time in the hospital receiving tests and treatment. But every now and then, kids wish to take their therapy home with them. When a child’s bedroom or backyard can be transformed into a place of healing, that’s something we notice.

Aug 06, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Healing Homes

Alicia enjoys her new hot tub with the help of her mom
Most of our wish kids have spent time in the hospital receiving tests and treatment. But every now and then, kids wish to take their therapy home with them. When a child’s bedroom or backyard can be transformed into a place of healing, that’s something we notice.

Through Josiah's Lens: Turning a Wish into an Experience

Josiah shares a great shot with his family.
Josiah leans over the metal bar and focuses his camera lens. A grazing giraffe comes into view. Josiah zooms in. Behind him, professional photographer Ryan Hawk suggests how to frame the photo. The shutter snaps.

Aug 01, 2014

Through Josiah's Lens: Turning a Wish into an Experience

Josiah shares a great shot with his family.
Josiah leans over the metal bar and focuses his camera lens. A grazing giraffe comes into view. Josiah zooms in. Behind him, professional photographer Ryan Hawk suggests how to frame the photo. The shutter snaps.

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