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Jun 16, 2017

Stay Strong, Solve the Problem: The Differences in a Dad's Journey

Make-A-Wish Fathers Day
In my past life, prior to working at Make-A-Wish, I worked in online communications for Autism Speaks. As I was exposed to countless parents who were grappling with an autism diagnosis for their child, I noticed an interesting trend: Moms sought each other out; they posted to their Facebook profiles asking for advice. They poured their hearts out to each other, seeking solace in the community of their friends and family. Dads preferred to stand back. They would go online at night (typically after everyone in their household had gone to bed) and do countless hours of research. A new obstacle had presented itself in their life’s plan and it was up to them to solve it. Men are protectors and fixers.

Jun 16, 2017

Stay Strong, Solve the Problem: The Differences in a Dad's Journey

Make-A-Wish Fathers Day
In my past life, prior to working at Make-A-Wish, I worked in online communications for Autism Speaks. As I was exposed to countless parents who were grappling with an autism diagnosis for their child, I noticed an interesting trend: Moms sought each other out; they posted to their Facebook profiles asking for advice. They poured their hearts out to each other, seeking solace in the community of their friends and family. Dads preferred to stand back. They would go online at night (typically after everyone in their household had gone to bed) and do countless hours of research. A new obstacle had presented itself in their life’s plan and it was up to them to solve it. Men are protectors and fixers.

Jan 13, 2015

Wish Kid Couple Inspires with Wedding Fundraiser

While scrolling through the tweets that rolled in overnight, I stumbled upon this great story (and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin fundraiser). More than 10 years ago, Emily and John both received wishes from Make-A-Wish; John, to have a boat, and Emily, to go to Hawaii with her family. Now, both in remission, Emily and John are tying the knot. And, as an added bonus, they are raising money to grant more life-changing wishes for kids.

Jan 13, 2015

Wish Kid Couple Inspires with Wedding Fundraiser

While scrolling through the tweets that rolled in overnight, I stumbled upon this great story (and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin fundraiser). More than 10 years ago, Emily and John both received wishes from Make-A-Wish; John, to have a boat, and Emily, to go to Hawaii with her family. Now, both in remission, Emily and John are tying the knot. And, as an added bonus, they are raising money to grant more life-changing wishes for kids.

Wish Kid Turns Challenges Into Halloween Fun

Here in the Brand Advancement team at Make-A-Wish America, there has been a lot of chatter about finding the perfect group Halloween costume. While I’m still not sure if my teammates will be The Village People or the Addams Family this Friday, we face the challenging prospect of one-upping ourselves each year.

Oct 29, 2014

Wish Kid Turns Challenges Into Halloween Fun

Here in the Brand Advancement team at Make-A-Wish America, there has been a lot of chatter about finding the perfect group Halloween costume. While I’m still not sure if my teammates will be The Village People or the Addams Family this Friday, we face the challenging prospect of one-upping ourselves each year.

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