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Make-A-Wish Volunteer Recognized for His Service

make-a-wish volunteer
On any given week, Make-A-Wish volunteer Ken Kieffer can be found waiting at the airport to greet wish families, delivering gifts to wish kids in their homes and hospital rooms or visiting with a wish child to help determine his/her one true wish. He’s being recognized as an exceptional volunteer.

Jun 13, 2014

Make-A-Wish Volunteer Recognized for His Service

make-a-wish volunteer
On any given week, Make-A-Wish volunteer Ken Kieffer can be found waiting at the airport to greet wish families, delivering gifts to wish kids in their homes and hospital rooms or visiting with a wish child to help determine his/her one true wish. He’s being recognized as an exceptional volunteer.

More Than Theme Parks

make-a-wish disney
Years ago, I learned a great lesson about how people recognize Make-A-Wish. I was on vacation in a remote part of Belize, hiking with a group of people from all over the world. As we got to know each other, someone asked about where I work. Every single person in the group recognized “Make-A-Wish.”

Feb 19, 2014

More Than Theme Parks

make-a-wish disney
Years ago, I learned a great lesson about how people recognize Make-A-Wish. I was on vacation in a remote part of Belize, hiking with a group of people from all over the world. As we got to know each other, someone asked about where I work. Every single person in the group recognized “Make-A-Wish.”

Through Josiah's Lens: Turning a Wish into an Experience

Josiah shares a great shot with his family.
Josiah leans over the metal bar and focuses his camera lens. A grazing giraffe comes into view. Josiah zooms in. Behind him, professional photographer Ryan Hawk suggests how to frame the photo. The shutter snaps.

Aug 01, 2014

Through Josiah's Lens: Turning a Wish into an Experience

Josiah shares a great shot with his family.
Josiah leans over the metal bar and focuses his camera lens. A grazing giraffe comes into view. Josiah zooms in. Behind him, professional photographer Ryan Hawk suggests how to frame the photo. The shutter snaps.

Wish Wednesday: Celebrating Music Wishes

Ivy's wish
Last weekend we celebrated music with the GRAMMY® Awards. Music. The variations of melodies that can energize us, uplift our spirits, calm us, soothe our pain and take us back to memorable moments. For a creator, music is a portal of escape … an opportunity to release negative emotions and reach a state of bliss. For this week’s Wish Wednesday join me in celebrating wish kids who connected their musical aspirations to a rejuvenating wish experience.

Jan 29, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Celebrating Music Wishes

Ivy's wish
Last weekend we celebrated music with the GRAMMY® Awards. Music. The variations of melodies that can energize us, uplift our spirits, calm us, soothe our pain and take us back to memorable moments. For a creator, music is a portal of escape … an opportunity to release negative emotions and reach a state of bliss. For this week’s Wish Wednesday join me in celebrating wish kids who connected their musical aspirations to a rejuvenating wish experience.

Wish Wednesday - Three Great Adventure Wishes

Colin goes whale watching
Would you jump out of an airplane? Would you drive straight toward the eye of a hurricane? These adventures might make the average person’s heart skip a beat. But they’re all wishes that have been made by wish kids. And when the time came they weren’t afraid … they were thrilled.

Oct 30, 2013

Wish Wednesday - Three Great Adventure Wishes

Colin goes whale watching
Would you jump out of an airplane? Would you drive straight toward the eye of a hurricane? These adventures might make the average person’s heart skip a beat. But they’re all wishes that have been made by wish kids. And when the time came they weren’t afraid … they were thrilled.

Oct 04, 2013

Electron Boy – Hero’s Wish a Gift to Us All

Electron Boy
The word ‘hero’ has been coming up in my life a lot lately. In emails with wish parents, as the theme for our recent Walk For Wishes, and after our chapter was mentioned in a recent Wish Nation blog post. Read more ...

Oct 04, 2013

Electron Boy – Hero’s Wish a Gift to Us All

Electron Boy
The word ‘hero’ has been coming up in my life a lot lately. In emails with wish parents, as the theme for our recent Walk For Wishes, and after our chapter was mentioned in a recent Wish Nation blog post. Read more ...

Aug 07, 2013

Welcome to the Wish Nation Blog

Wish kid Sophia at The Weather Channel
Wishes are powerful, life-changing experiences. But wishes don’t just happen – they involve a lot of work and support from thousands of people who give their heart and soul to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Now, for the first time, we are taking you behind the scenes of wish granting and behind the walls at Make-A-Wish through the new Wish Nation blog. Read more ...

Aug 07, 2013

Welcome to the Wish Nation Blog

Wish kid Sophia at The Weather Channel
Wishes are powerful, life-changing experiences. But wishes don’t just happen – they involve a lot of work and support from thousands of people who give their heart and soul to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Now, for the first time, we are taking you behind the scenes of wish granting and behind the walls at Make-A-Wish through the new Wish Nation blog. Read more ...

Wish Wednesday - Three Wishes With Holiday Spirit

Jeremiah's Christmas wish
It’s the first week of December. Holiday jingles soar through the radio and movie marathons of family celebrations fill television channels. At Wish Nation, we are kicking off the holiday spirit with three wish kids whose Christmas wishes gave them hope. Read more ...

Dec 04, 2013

Wish Wednesday - Three Wishes With Holiday Spirit

Jeremiah's Christmas wish
It’s the first week of December. Holiday jingles soar through the radio and movie marathons of family celebrations fill television channels. At Wish Nation, we are kicking off the holiday spirit with three wish kids whose Christmas wishes gave them hope. Read more ...

Nov 25, 2013

My Make-A-Wish Anniversary

Lindsay and Veronica during her treatment
My two-year anniversary at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington falls right around Thanksgiving. Inevitably, this milestone makes me reflect on how thankful I am to be part of an organization I care so much about. Because my journey with Make-A-Wish actually began more than 10 years ago, when my friend Veronica was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We were both in seventh grade.

Nov 25, 2013

My Make-A-Wish Anniversary

Lindsay and Veronica during her treatment
My two-year anniversary at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington falls right around Thanksgiving. Inevitably, this milestone makes me reflect on how thankful I am to be part of an organization I care so much about. Because my journey with Make-A-Wish actually began more than 10 years ago, when my friend Veronica was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We were both in seventh grade.

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Wish Nation gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish®. See how wishes come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or those who have been transformed by a wish. And learn why we are so committed to someday granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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