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Why I Left a Legacy With Make-A-Wish

Why Make-A-Wish? We all have our reasons. For some, it’s a direct connection – a friend or loved one with a life-threatening medical condition received a wish. For others, it is less personal. Perhaps they saw an inspiring wish story in the news or heard about a favorite celebrity who grants wishes.

Dec 11, 2013

Why I Left a Legacy With Make-A-Wish

Why Make-A-Wish? We all have our reasons. For some, it’s a direct connection – a friend or loved one with a life-threatening medical condition received a wish. For others, it is less personal. Perhaps they saw an inspiring wish story in the news or heard about a favorite celebrity who grants wishes.

Son’s Wish Turns Mom Into Super-Fundraiser

Veronica is presented with a check at her Bowl-A-Thon event
It’s been more than 13 years since Veronica Johnson lost her son, Dylan, to a congenital heart defect. Her response to a personal tragedy few parents can imagine: raise funds so other children like Dylan can discover the escape of a Make-A-Wish experience. So far, her annual Dylan Johnson Memorial Bowl-A-Thon has raised more than $250,000 for the Greater Bay Area chapter.

Dec 06, 2013

Son’s Wish Turns Mom Into Super-Fundraiser

Veronica is presented with a check at her Bowl-A-Thon event
It’s been more than 13 years since Veronica Johnson lost her son, Dylan, to a congenital heart defect. Her response to a personal tragedy few parents can imagine: raise funds so other children like Dylan can discover the escape of a Make-A-Wish experience. So far, her annual Dylan Johnson Memorial Bowl-A-Thon has raised more than $250,000 for the Greater Bay Area chapter.

Papa Roach Steps up for Mark's Rock Star Wish

Mark, Papa Roach, rock star experience
Music has power that’s hard to explain. There’s something in a chord progression or a drum fill that can turn a person’s mood. Sometimes, the notes just settle into the mind and take root. The lyrics connect the listener and the artist, even if they never meet.

Nov 21, 2013

Papa Roach Steps up for Mark's Rock Star Wish

Mark, Papa Roach, rock star experience
Music has power that’s hard to explain. There’s something in a chord progression or a drum fill that can turn a person’s mood. Sometimes, the notes just settle into the mind and take root. The lyrics connect the listener and the artist, even if they never meet.

Kristina Rhodes: One-Woman Make-A-Wish Machine

Kristina Rhodes
You might be tempted to call Kristina Rhodes a one-woman “Make-A-Wish machine.” A resident and realtor in Evansville, Ind., Kristina knew about Make-A-Wish through her mother who had volunteered in Ft. Wayne. When Kristina learned there was only one other Make-A-Wish volunteer in her region, she discovered her passion and got to work.

Nov 08, 2013

Kristina Rhodes: One-Woman Make-A-Wish Machine

Kristina Rhodes
You might be tempted to call Kristina Rhodes a one-woman “Make-A-Wish machine.” A resident and realtor in Evansville, Ind., Kristina knew about Make-A-Wish through her mother who had volunteered in Ft. Wayne. When Kristina learned there was only one other Make-A-Wish volunteer in her region, she discovered her passion and got to work.

Experience Comes Full Circle for Wish Granter

On my first day as a corporate alliances manager for Make-A-Wish America, I had the opportunity to sit down with David Williams, our president and CEO. He encouraged me to find a way to get connected to the mission, and I knew I wanted to be a wish granter.

Nov 01, 2013

Experience Comes Full Circle for Wish Granter

On my first day as a corporate alliances manager for Make-A-Wish America, I had the opportunity to sit down with David Williams, our president and CEO. He encouraged me to find a way to get connected to the mission, and I knew I wanted to be a wish granter.

Doing Good When Nobody is Watching

Some of my favorite moments of working for Make-A-Wish come from chance encounters. I'll meet people, they'll learn that I work for Make-A-Wish … and then the entire conversation changes.

Oct 25, 2013

Doing Good When Nobody is Watching

Some of my favorite moments of working for Make-A-Wish come from chance encounters. I'll meet people, they'll learn that I work for Make-A-Wish … and then the entire conversation changes.

Wish Wednesday - Great Stories from the Web

We love telling readers about all the great wishes we grant – and giving you an insider, behind-the-scenes look at our work. Sometimes, though, it’s just as much fun to let others tell our story. Read more ...

Oct 09, 2013

Wish Wednesday - Great Stories from the Web

We love telling readers about all the great wishes we grant – and giving you an insider, behind-the-scenes look at our work. Sometimes, though, it’s just as much fun to let others tell our story. Read more ...

Fauria answers Fallon’s Challenge, Nets $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Michigan

We’ve been listening to a little more ‘N Sync than usual today at Make-A-Wish. Why? Because a pretty spectacular touchdown dance to “Bye Bye Bye” resulted in a $10,000 gift to Make-A-Wish Michigan from Jimmy Fallon. Read more ...

Sep 25, 2013

Fauria answers Fallon’s Challenge, Nets $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Michigan

We’ve been listening to a little more ‘N Sync than usual today at Make-A-Wish. Why? Because a pretty spectacular touchdown dance to “Bye Bye Bye” resulted in a $10,000 gift to Make-A-Wish Michigan from Jimmy Fallon. Read more ...

From One Volunteer to Another

Central New York Make-A-Wish Gala
Make-A-Wish has nearly 25,000 volunteers. I was one of them before joining as an employee. And here I am, 2,000 miles away from home to present an award to a volunteer on the other side of the country. Read more ...

Sep 13, 2013

From One Volunteer to Another

Central New York Make-A-Wish Gala
Make-A-Wish has nearly 25,000 volunteers. I was one of them before joining as an employee. And here I am, 2,000 miles away from home to present an award to a volunteer on the other side of the country. Read more ...

Wish Wednesday - Sweating for Wishes

David goes to 'Ride for Roses'
If you like the idea of helping make wishes come true but want to do more than just donate, I have some good news: There are plenty of ways you can help that fit your interests - and you can get friends and family to help. Read more ...

Sep 03, 2013

Wish Wednesday - Sweating for Wishes

David goes to 'Ride for Roses'
If you like the idea of helping make wishes come true but want to do more than just donate, I have some good news: There are plenty of ways you can help that fit your interests - and you can get friends and family to help. Read more ...

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