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Five Thoughts About Noah's Rescue Adventure Wish

noah police car
Over the past week or so, you may have noticed that wish kid Noah was the talk of the news media. Noah is an 8-year-old boy with a complex genetic disorder. He’s had more than 20 surgeries so far, and he will undergo even more surgeries throughout his life.

May 15, 2015

Five Thoughts About Noah's Rescue Adventure Wish

noah police car
Over the past week or so, you may have noticed that wish kid Noah was the talk of the news media. Noah is an 8-year-old boy with a complex genetic disorder. He’s had more than 20 surgeries so far, and he will undergo even more surgeries throughout his life.

Finding Joy in Emersyn's Last Days of Independence

Emersyn wishes to fly with butterflies
Six months ago, Emersyn could skip. But she can't any longer. As the months go by, she'll also lose her ability to walk. She won't even be able to eat solid food.

May 08, 2015

Finding Joy in Emersyn's Last Days of Independence

Emersyn wishes to fly with butterflies
Six months ago, Emersyn could skip. But she can't any longer. As the months go by, she'll also lose her ability to walk. She won't even be able to eat solid food.

Nearly 15 Years Later, Alexander’s Wish Still Impacts His Life

There is just no better news than finding out a wish kid has overcome an illness to go on to better things in life. We have many stories of wish kids who are now parents, in college or working in their dream career. We just got a great update about Alexander and his life since his wish.

Mar 25, 2015

Nearly 15 Years Later, Alexander’s Wish Still Impacts His Life

There is just no better news than finding out a wish kid has overcome an illness to go on to better things in life. We have many stories of wish kids who are now parents, in college or working in their dream career. We just got a great update about Alexander and his life since his wish.

Remember the Parents and the Caregivers, Too

Chris G.
There is much said about the courage of the wish kids. These kids battle any variety of life-threatening illnesses. However, there is another person in this battle; someone that is often overlooked. This is an unsung hero. Someone that that takes on the burden of the dark, to help allow the light in. The child with the illness has someone who fights alongside them. While these wish kids battle their diseases, their parents and caretakers are right there with them. Day in and day out, they swing for the fences, trying to hit a home run for that child and hoping that whatever effort they put into helping that boy or girl will move them one step closer to overcoming their obstacles.

Mar 13, 2015

Remember the Parents and the Caregivers, Too

Chris G.
There is much said about the courage of the wish kids. These kids battle any variety of life-threatening illnesses. However, there is another person in this battle; someone that is often overlooked. This is an unsung hero. Someone that that takes on the burden of the dark, to help allow the light in. The child with the illness has someone who fights alongside them. While these wish kids battle their diseases, their parents and caretakers are right there with them. Day in and day out, they swing for the fences, trying to hit a home run for that child and hoping that whatever effort they put into helping that boy or girl will move them one step closer to overcoming their obstacles.

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.

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