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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.

Wish Wednesday- Addison Meets Real Unicorn

Addison rides unicorn
Do you remember some of your wonderful childhood fantasies? Now, imagine all of it could come to life.

Sep 17, 2014

Wish Wednesday- Addison Meets Real Unicorn

Addison rides unicorn
Do you remember some of your wonderful childhood fantasies? Now, imagine all of it could come to life.

Wish Wednesday - Unexpected and Simple Wishes

One of my favorite things is when a child wishes for the unexpected — the wishes to meet a favorite celebrity or wishes to visit a theme park are always exciting. And yet, it’s the smaller wishes that make me pause and naturally create a connection of some sort with these wish kids.

Sep 10, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Unexpected and Simple Wishes

One of my favorite things is when a child wishes for the unexpected — the wishes to meet a favorite celebrity or wishes to visit a theme park are always exciting. And yet, it’s the smaller wishes that make me pause and naturally create a connection of some sort with these wish kids.

Wish Wednesday - Healing Homes

Alicia enjoys her new hot tub with the help of her mom
Most of our wish kids have spent time in the hospital receiving tests and treatment. But every now and then, kids wish to take their therapy home with them. When a child’s bedroom or backyard can be transformed into a place of healing, that’s something we notice.

Aug 06, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Healing Homes

Alicia enjoys her new hot tub with the help of her mom
Most of our wish kids have spent time in the hospital receiving tests and treatment. But every now and then, kids wish to take their therapy home with them. When a child’s bedroom or backyard can be transformed into a place of healing, that’s something we notice.

Wish Wednesday - Playing in the Dirt

Keegan walks tall with his fellow loggers
Clean, white walls. Stiff beds. Sterile, metal instruments. If this was your world, the desire to be outside, to have dirt under your fingernails and a tool belt around your waist can be powerful. These three wish kids simply wanted to play in the dirt and were transformed into construction workers and loggers in the process.

Jul 30, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Playing in the Dirt

Keegan walks tall with his fellow loggers
Clean, white walls. Stiff beds. Sterile, metal instruments. If this was your world, the desire to be outside, to have dirt under your fingernails and a tool belt around your waist can be powerful. These three wish kids simply wanted to play in the dirt and were transformed into construction workers and loggers in the process.

Wish Wednesday - When a Wish Becomes a Career

Amanda showcases her work at a solo exhibit
Every wish leaves an impact – some offer an escape from the fear of illness, others see a child through treatments and into recovery. But every now and then, wishes take kids all the way to their dream careers.

Jul 23, 2014

Wish Wednesday - When a Wish Becomes a Career

Amanda showcases her work at a solo exhibit
Every wish leaves an impact – some offer an escape from the fear of illness, others see a child through treatments and into recovery. But every now and then, wishes take kids all the way to their dream careers.

University of Michigan Gets a Recruit Unlike Any Other

ESPN My Wish Make-A-Wish
University of Michigan super fan Stephen has passionately supported the maize and blue his entire life (literally…he was brought home from the hospital wearing UM apparel). His wish to experience a “mock recruiting trip” allowed him to visit Ann Arbor as a highly touted Wolverine recruit, and in the process, temporarily forget about his battle with leukemia.

Jul 21, 2014

University of Michigan Gets a Recruit Unlike Any Other

ESPN My Wish Make-A-Wish
University of Michigan super fan Stephen has passionately supported the maize and blue his entire life (literally…he was brought home from the hospital wearing UM apparel). His wish to experience a “mock recruiting trip” allowed him to visit Ann Arbor as a highly touted Wolverine recruit, and in the process, temporarily forget about his battle with leukemia.

Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at the 9th Annual ESPN “My Wish” Series

Behind the scenes ESPN My Wish
A jungle of multi-colored wires snake through a living room previously occupied by only furniture and family photos. The complexity of the scene is illuminated by strategically placed overhead lights. Surrounding the area are high-powered video cameras primed to beautifully capture all of the sights and sounds. In the center of the scene, there is an opening – free from all of the chords and equipment that border it. And in that opening are two folding chairs: one occupied by a wish mom and the other occupied by award winning, world renowned sports reporter, Chris Connelly. Welcome behind the scenes of the 9th annual ESPN “My Wish” series.

Jul 16, 2014

Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at the 9th Annual ESPN “My Wish” Series

Behind the scenes ESPN My Wish
A jungle of multi-colored wires snake through a living room previously occupied by only furniture and family photos. The complexity of the scene is illuminated by strategically placed overhead lights. Surrounding the area are high-powered video cameras primed to beautifully capture all of the sights and sounds. In the center of the scene, there is an opening – free from all of the chords and equipment that border it. And in that opening are two folding chairs: one occupied by a wish mom and the other occupied by award winning, world renowned sports reporter, Chris Connelly. Welcome behind the scenes of the 9th annual ESPN “My Wish” series.

Wish Wednesday - Wish Kids Brighten Hospital Rooms

Dominic pays it forward with his wish.
A hospital means treatments and surgeries. It’s often home to the darkest time in wish kids’ lives. But for some creative kids, it becomes the inspiration for their wish – an opportunity to pass hope on to other children who know the fear and pain of illness.

Jul 09, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Wish Kids Brighten Hospital Rooms

Dominic pays it forward with his wish.
A hospital means treatments and surgeries. It’s often home to the darkest time in wish kids’ lives. But for some creative kids, it becomes the inspiration for their wish – an opportunity to pass hope on to other children who know the fear and pain of illness.

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