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Can a Wish Bring Back Your Confidence?

Madison Modeling Wish
If you’ve ever wondered what Make-A-Wish really does for kids, you need to read these words from Farnaz, who watched her 15-year-old daughter live her wish to have a modeling portfolio:

Feb 27, 2015

Can a Wish Bring Back Your Confidence?

Madison Modeling Wish
If you’ve ever wondered what Make-A-Wish really does for kids, you need to read these words from Farnaz, who watched her 15-year-old daughter live her wish to have a modeling portfolio:

The Inspiration of Percussion

Ben and his new drum kit
This is going to sound a little silly, but I'd like you to do something for me. I'd like you to clap your hands together. Now, I'd like you to clap your hands twice. Stomp your feet. Clap again once more. Then twice again. Stomp. If you followed along with me, you may now have a bit of rhythm forming in your head. It's a musical beat that you could not only hear, but you could feel it throughout your entire body. Music has become a tactile experience … the rhythm coming into the body through the hands and the feet.

Jan 23, 2015

The Inspiration of Percussion

Ben and his new drum kit
This is going to sound a little silly, but I'd like you to do something for me. I'd like you to clap your hands together. Now, I'd like you to clap your hands twice. Stomp your feet. Clap again once more. Then twice again. Stomp. If you followed along with me, you may now have a bit of rhythm forming in your head. It's a musical beat that you could not only hear, but you could feel it throughout your entire body. Music has become a tactile experience … the rhythm coming into the body through the hands and the feet.

Ashley and the Aurora - Random Wish Kid Photo

Ronn Murray Ashley Aurora Northern Lights Make-A-Wish
Ashley remembers those chilly nights with her dad ... bundling up against the falling temperatures, gazing at the stars, hoping for meteors to sparkle in the night sky. Those nights instilled in Ashley wonder toward the universe and all its marvels. At some point, she learned of the aurora borealis .... for years, she imagined what it must be like to watch the green glow undulate across the sky. And she dreamed of the chance to see them in-person.

Jan 09, 2015

Ashley and the Aurora - Random Wish Kid Photo

Ronn Murray Ashley Aurora Northern Lights Make-A-Wish
Ashley remembers those chilly nights with her dad ... bundling up against the falling temperatures, gazing at the stars, hoping for meteors to sparkle in the night sky. Those nights instilled in Ashley wonder toward the universe and all its marvels. At some point, she learned of the aurora borealis .... for years, she imagined what it must be like to watch the green glow undulate across the sky. And she dreamed of the chance to see them in-person.

Making Memories for a Community

What are memories? How do we remember things? If you ask a neurologist how a memory becomes encoded in someone’s brain, you'll learn that an event causes an electrical and chemical reaction of sufficient magnitude in the hippocampus that it builds a set of proteins at a neural synapse. However, kids don’t think like that. They might say a memory is made by going to the circus, dancing with a pop star or flying a helicopter. If you ask a certain 7-year-old with leukemia, you might hear something completely unexpected – that her greatest memory comes from being an art teacher.

Jan 07, 2015

Making Memories for a Community

What are memories? How do we remember things? If you ask a neurologist how a memory becomes encoded in someone’s brain, you'll learn that an event causes an electrical and chemical reaction of sufficient magnitude in the hippocampus that it builds a set of proteins at a neural synapse. However, kids don’t think like that. They might say a memory is made by going to the circus, dancing with a pop star or flying a helicopter. If you ask a certain 7-year-old with leukemia, you might hear something completely unexpected – that her greatest memory comes from being an art teacher.

Three Great Images from Animal Planet Wishes

Make-A-Wish Animal Planet
If you’re a regular Animal Planet viewer, you probably know there’s a show about nearly every creature on earth. We also have more than a few wish kids who want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims. With the help of Animal Planet and its stars, we’ve granted some incredible wishes that brought Make-A-Wish kids into the action.

Dec 17, 2014

Three Great Images from Animal Planet Wishes

Make-A-Wish Animal Planet
If you’re a regular Animal Planet viewer, you probably know there’s a show about nearly every creature on earth. We also have more than a few wish kids who want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims. With the help of Animal Planet and its stars, we’ve granted some incredible wishes that brought Make-A-Wish kids into the action.

Dec 10, 2014

Tell a Story With a Make-A-Wish T-Shirt

make-a-wish t-shirt
Every t-shirt tells a story. Whether it’s the story of your first marathon or visiting a landmark on the other side of the world, a t-shirt has a way of telling people something important and interesting about the person who wears it.

Dec 10, 2014

Tell a Story With a Make-A-Wish T-Shirt

make-a-wish t-shirt
Every t-shirt tells a story. Whether it’s the story of your first marathon or visiting a landmark on the other side of the world, a t-shirt has a way of telling people something important and interesting about the person who wears it.

11 Reasons I Am Thankful For Make-A-Wish

Nick as Red Lightning
This holiday season, as you think back over the year for what you are most thankful for, I hope that you will remember all of the wish kids Make-A-Wish has helped throughout the year. I remember second grader Nick, who showed Seattle how to fight crime in his wish to be a superhero. I remember when Austin rode with racer Tommy Johnson Jr. at speeds of over 140 mph. And who could forget when Ranger Gabriel stopped that forest fire in Yellowstone?

Nov 26, 2014

11 Reasons I Am Thankful For Make-A-Wish

Nick as Red Lightning
This holiday season, as you think back over the year for what you are most thankful for, I hope that you will remember all of the wish kids Make-A-Wish has helped throughout the year. I remember second grader Nick, who showed Seattle how to fight crime in his wish to be a superhero. I remember when Austin rode with racer Tommy Johnson Jr. at speeds of over 140 mph. And who could forget when Ranger Gabriel stopped that forest fire in Yellowstone?

Make-A-Wish Creates Agents of Change

sam I wish to have a baseball field
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Every child has a fresh, unique take on the world; a new perspective. Children from all over the world have the ability to be agents for change. As we are all aware, some kids do suffer from life-threatening medical conditions, but we can't let that keep them down. When children have their wish granted, the world opens up to them and they have the chance to be inspired. When donors help grant a wish, they can change the world.

Nov 07, 2014

Make-A-Wish Creates Agents of Change

sam I wish to have a baseball field
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Every child has a fresh, unique take on the world; a new perspective. Children from all over the world have the ability to be agents for change. As we are all aware, some kids do suffer from life-threatening medical conditions, but we can't let that keep them down. When children have their wish granted, the world opens up to them and they have the chance to be inspired. When donors help grant a wish, they can change the world.

Photo Roundup: Make-A-Wish Kids and Their Puppies

Noella wished for a puppy <em>Photo credit: PICS Photography, Susan McGowan</em>
There is really nothing typical about the life of a kid with a life-threatening medical condition. And we’ve heard from so many families who tell us that wishes help them feel just like a regular family. And what’s more normal and reassuring for a kid than a loyal pet? That’s why so many kids wish for pets of their own.

Oct 17, 2014

Photo Roundup: Make-A-Wish Kids and Their Puppies

Noella wished for a puppy <em>Photo credit: PICS Photography, Susan McGowan</em>
There is really nothing typical about the life of a kid with a life-threatening medical condition. And we’ve heard from so many families who tell us that wishes help them feel just like a regular family. And what’s more normal and reassuring for a kid than a loyal pet? That’s why so many kids wish for pets of their own.

More than 20 Years After a Wish

Today's Wish Nation post is a look back at a wish more than 20 years after it came true. Guest writer and wish kid-turned-mom Shawna will show you how her wish helped her cope - and how it continues to be part of her life today.

Oct 10, 2014

More than 20 Years After a Wish

Today's Wish Nation post is a look back at a wish more than 20 years after it came true. Guest writer and wish kid-turned-mom Shawna will show you how her wish helped her cope - and how it continues to be part of her life today.

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Wish Nation gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish®. See how wishes come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or those who have been transformed by a wish. And learn why we are so committed to someday granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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