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Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Aug 24, 2018

Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Revolutionary War Re-Enactors Make Wish History

John's wish was to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War re-enactment
It was Patriots Day in Concord, Mass., a day typically celebrated with a parade and Revolutionary War re-enactment. But the weather was so rainy and windy that the day’s events were cancelled. John wasn’t sure what would happen next – he had already traveled across America, from Anchorage to Boston, to lead the day’s march because, according to him, “this is where it all began.”

Jul 02, 2018

Revolutionary War Re-Enactors Make Wish History

John's wish was to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War re-enactment
It was Patriots Day in Concord, Mass., a day typically celebrated with a parade and Revolutionary War re-enactment. But the weather was so rainy and windy that the day’s events were cancelled. John wasn’t sure what would happen next – he had already traveled across America, from Anchorage to Boston, to lead the day’s march because, according to him, “this is where it all began.”

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.

Photo Roundup: Make-A-Wish Kids and Their Puppies

Noella wished for a puppy <em>Photo credit: PICS Photography, Susan McGowan</em>
There is really nothing typical about the life of a kid with a critical illness. And we’ve heard from so many families who tell us that wishes help them feel just like a regular family. And what’s more normal and reassuring for a kid than a loyal pet? That’s why so many kids wish for pets of their own.

Oct 17, 2014

Photo Roundup: Make-A-Wish Kids and Their Puppies

Noella wished for a puppy <em>Photo credit: PICS Photography, Susan McGowan</em>
There is really nothing typical about the life of a kid with a critical illness. And we’ve heard from so many families who tell us that wishes help them feel just like a regular family. And what’s more normal and reassuring for a kid than a loyal pet? That’s why so many kids wish for pets of their own.

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.

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.

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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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