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My Top 2013 Make-A-Wish Moments

Wish kid Darrius
This was a year of great things for Make-A-Wish kids. Some events were so incredible that they made it into the national spotlight. Others were equally as wonderful, but shone in the communities where they took place. As 2013 ends, let’s recap a transformational year.

Dec 31, 2013

My Top 2013 Make-A-Wish Moments

Wish kid Darrius
This was a year of great things for Make-A-Wish kids. Some events were so incredible that they made it into the national spotlight. Others were equally as wonderful, but shone in the communities where they took place. As 2013 ends, let’s recap a transformational year.

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.

Thousands to Grant Epic Wish

Miles superhero
We blog about the impact of wishes. Parents and siblings attest to a wish’s power, and wish kids will often tell you straight out that their wish changed their life – forever.

Nov 13, 2013

Thousands to Grant Epic Wish

Miles superhero
We blog about the impact of wishes. Parents and siblings attest to a wish’s power, and wish kids will often tell you straight out that their wish changed their life – forever.

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 - Working on the Railroad

Liam
From old-fashioned steam engines to modern electric rails, trains have captured the public’s imagination for centuries. But when a kid’s greatest wish is to conduct a locomotive, we take notice. This week, here are the stories of three wish kids who wanted to get a little closer to the rails, and discovered in themselves an adventurer.

Jul 02, 2014

Wish Wednesday - Working on the Railroad

Liam
From old-fashioned steam engines to modern electric rails, trains have captured the public’s imagination for centuries. But when a kid’s greatest wish is to conduct a locomotive, we take notice. This week, here are the stories of three wish kids who wanted to get a little closer to the rails, and discovered in themselves an adventurer.

Wish Kid Defies Odds and Defines Life on His Terms

Sam is no stranger to the hard road. Born with a serious heart condition, Sam has spent his life battling illness and proving people wrong. Most of all, Sam refuses to let anything get in the way of his active status as a hockey player.

Apr 23, 2014

Wish Kid Defies Odds and Defines Life on His Terms

Sam is no stranger to the hard road. Born with a serious heart condition, Sam has spent his life battling illness and proving people wrong. Most of all, Sam refuses to let anything get in the way of his active status as a hockey player.

Wish Wednesday - 5 Inspiring Wish Connections

Brad meets firefighters
A wish experience connects. It sparks an interaction between a wish kid and a community that empowers lives. It reaffirms a belief in heroes and a knowledge that others care. As human beings, we can’t thrive in isolation. Our strength comes from the world around us. Read more ...

Sep 25, 2013

Wish Wednesday - 5 Inspiring Wish Connections

Brad meets firefighters
A wish experience connects. It sparks an interaction between a wish kid and a community that empowers lives. It reaffirms a belief in heroes and a knowledge that others care. As human beings, we can’t thrive in isolation. Our strength comes from the world around us. Read more ...

Wish Wednesday – Nessie’s Year of Triumph

Every day, I get a few messages in my inbox about media coverage of wishes. Most of the stories are about Make-A-Wish kids whose wishes have just come true. Today, I found something a little different – a triumphant look at 8-year-old Nessie celebrating one year of remission from lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Oct 23, 2013

Wish Wednesday – Nessie’s Year of Triumph

Every day, I get a few messages in my inbox about media coverage of wishes. Most of the stories are about Make-A-Wish kids whose wishes have just come true. Today, I found something a little different – a triumphant look at 8-year-old Nessie celebrating one year of remission from lymphoblastic lymphoma.

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