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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.

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.

Wish Kid Ryan Stars in Subaru "Share the Love" Commercial

Subaru Share the Love Ryan commercial
Wish mom Patrice is today's Wish Nation guest writer. We hope you enjoy her story about her son, Ryan, starring in the Subaru "Share the Love" commercial.

Nov 25, 2014

Wish Kid Ryan Stars in Subaru "Share the Love" Commercial

Subaru Share the Love Ryan commercial
Wish mom Patrice is today's Wish Nation guest writer. We hope you enjoy her story about her son, Ryan, starring in the Subaru "Share the Love" commercial.

Wish Wednesday- Wish Kids Find Hope In a Lighthouse

Luke looking out his lighthouse window.
Lighthouses serve a vital purpose. They guide sailors and their ships safely back to the shore. No matter how rough the sea is or how dark the night, lighthouses shine and provide a sense of safety and comfort – they give hope. Similarly, when Justin and Luke were given the opportunity for a wish, they both faced challenging situations. And, they used their wish to have a lighthouse – or to tend for one.

Nov 19, 2014

Wish Wednesday- Wish Kids Find Hope In a Lighthouse

Luke looking out his lighthouse window.
Lighthouses serve a vital purpose. They guide sailors and their ships safely back to the shore. No matter how rough the sea is or how dark the night, lighthouses shine and provide a sense of safety and comfort – they give hope. Similarly, when Justin and Luke were given the opportunity for a wish, they both faced challenging situations. And, they used their wish to have a lighthouse – or to tend for one.

On the Movie Set With Wish Kid Clark

Clark Make-A-Wish UK Life Photography
Today, Wish Nation is excited to introduce you to Clark, a 7-year-old wish kid from the UK. Chrissie Hinde, marketing officer at Make-A-Wish UK, will share her first-hand view of Clark's imaginative wish to be the star in his own movie ... this blog post is also our first-ever from our friends in the UK. Make-A-Wish UK is one of 38 Make-A-Wish International affiliates serving children in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Nov 14, 2014

On the Movie Set With Wish Kid Clark

Clark Make-A-Wish UK Life Photography
Today, Wish Nation is excited to introduce you to Clark, a 7-year-old wish kid from the UK. Chrissie Hinde, marketing officer at Make-A-Wish UK, will share her first-hand view of Clark's imaginative wish to be the star in his own movie ... this blog post is also our first-ever from our friends in the UK. Make-A-Wish UK is one of 38 Make-A-Wish International affiliates serving children in nearly 50 countries around the world.

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.

Wish Wednesday- Wishes That Serve The Community

Perfect white lines connect one base to another, people with wheelchairs and strollers watch the games up close and cheer, and baseball hiss through the air. The baseball park is one of the most treasured sites for one Albuquerque community. From all the games that have been played, and the swarm of people who have stood in the stands – watching in suspense, squinting at the box score – as the batter runs up to take a swing. There is one all-star spirit, though, who has left his cleat marks at homeplate.

Oct 15, 2014

Wish Wednesday- Wishes That Serve The Community

Perfect white lines connect one base to another, people with wheelchairs and strollers watch the games up close and cheer, and baseball hiss through the air. The baseball park is one of the most treasured sites for one Albuquerque community. From all the games that have been played, and the swarm of people who have stood in the stands – watching in suspense, squinting at the box score – as the batter runs up to take a swing. There is one all-star spirit, though, who has left his cleat marks at homeplate.

Wish Wednesday - Old Cars, New Leases on Life

Billy and his truck
Six years ago, we received an unusual wish. Billy, 17 at the time, was fighting cancer. When he got the chance to receive a Make-A-Wish experience, Billy’s one true wish was also to have his truck customized to be ready for firefighting duty.

People in Billy’s community did more than transform his truck. They also transformed Billy’s life – first, by giving him something other than his illness to think about.

Oct 08, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Old Cars, New Leases on Life

Billy and his truck
Six years ago, we received an unusual wish. Billy, 17 at the time, was fighting cancer. When he got the chance to receive a Make-A-Wish experience, Billy’s one true wish was also to have his truck customized to be ready for firefighting duty.

People in Billy’s community did more than transform his truck. They also transformed Billy’s life – first, by giving him something other than his illness to think about.

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