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4 Wishes that Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2017

Just a few of the wishes that made us say "wow" in 2017.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Your imagination is running wild, we’ll bet.

That’s the beauty of the Make-A-Wish® mission. When a child is given the chance to make a wish, they can envision the impossible as possible. They can dream big, just as you would.

Dec 11, 2017

4 Wishes that Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2017

Just a few of the wishes that made us say "wow" in 2017.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Your imagination is running wild, we’ll bet.

That’s the beauty of the Make-A-Wish® mission. When a child is given the chance to make a wish, they can envision the impossible as possible. They can dream big, just as you would.

How a Day of Fighting Pirates Renews a Child's Strength

Leif wished to go to Hilton Head and fight pirates.
Leif is a shy but playful 5-year-old boy who loves to play make-believe. Through the pages of his favorite book series, “Okee Dokee,” he is able to join his favorite characters as they embark on voyages through time. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Wild West and down the Mississippi River, Leif is not confined to his hospital bed when he is immersed in his stories.

Dec 04, 2017

How a Day of Fighting Pirates Renews a Child's Strength

Leif wished to go to Hilton Head and fight pirates.
Leif is a shy but playful 5-year-old boy who loves to play make-believe. Through the pages of his favorite book series, “Okee Dokee,” he is able to join his favorite characters as they embark on voyages through time. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Wild West and down the Mississippi River, Leif is not confined to his hospital bed when he is immersed in his stories.

Wish to Have Recording Studio Helps Wesley Feel Free from Cancer

An 8-foot-tall inspirational graffiti mural decorates a corner of Wesley's recording studio.
Instead of a comfortable retreat, 13-year-old Wesley’s bedroom had become the place he associated with being stuck in bed, too sick to get out of the house. When it came time to choose a wish, Wesley knew he wanted to create a new space where he could find peace and escape his cancer diagnosis.

“I wish to have a video recording studio in my basement,” he told Make-A-Wish® Connecticut. “Somewhere I can make videos to share with my friends online.”

Nov 22, 2017

Wish to Have Recording Studio Helps Wesley Feel Free from Cancer

An 8-foot-tall inspirational graffiti mural decorates a corner of Wesley's recording studio.
Instead of a comfortable retreat, 13-year-old Wesley’s bedroom had become the place he associated with being stuck in bed, too sick to get out of the house. When it came time to choose a wish, Wesley knew he wanted to create a new space where he could find peace and escape his cancer diagnosis.

“I wish to have a video recording studio in my basement,” he told Make-A-Wish® Connecticut. “Somewhere I can make videos to share with my friends online.”

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Jimmy and Joanne met on his JetBlue wish flight to Turks and Caicos.
A wish come true creates strength, hope and transformation for wish kids and their families. But the power of a wish doesn’t always stop there.

On July 31, 2015, Jimmy’s wish to go to Turks and Caicos was granted. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, Jimmy’s upcoming wish trip served as a “bright light during a dark time.” Remarkably, Jimmy learned he was cancer-free just a few months before his wish was granted.

Nov 14, 2017

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Jimmy and Joanne met on his JetBlue wish flight to Turks and Caicos.
A wish come true creates strength, hope and transformation for wish kids and their families. But the power of a wish doesn’t always stop there.

On July 31, 2015, Jimmy’s wish to go to Turks and Caicos was granted. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, Jimmy’s upcoming wish trip served as a “bright light during a dark time.” Remarkably, Jimmy learned he was cancer-free just a few months before his wish was granted.

Playing Basketball with Dirk Nowitzki Helped Me Turn My Life Around

Anna's wish was to meet Dirk Nowitzki, power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
Most of her life, Anna has experienced headaches and dizzy spells. Doctors often speculated these were caused by stress or anxiety — perhaps even allergies. But in February 2016, Anna received a far more devastating diagnosis: She had a brain tumor. On Feb. 25, 2016, she endured six hours of life-saving brain surgery.

Nov 03, 2017

Playing Basketball with Dirk Nowitzki Helped Me Turn My Life Around

Anna's wish was to meet Dirk Nowitzki, power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
Most of her life, Anna has experienced headaches and dizzy spells. Doctors often speculated these were caused by stress or anxiety — perhaps even allergies. But in February 2016, Anna received a far more devastating diagnosis: She had a brain tumor. On Feb. 25, 2016, she endured six hours of life-saving brain surgery.

Alex’s Change Starts with Doctor’s Referral

alex hawaii guest blogger
Today, wish kid Alex is our featured guest blogger. See how she faced an unexpected challenge - and a huge boost of optimism thanks to her doctor's referral to Make-A-Wish!

Aug 27, 2015

Alex’s Change Starts with Doctor’s Referral

alex hawaii guest blogger
Today, wish kid Alex is our featured guest blogger. See how she faced an unexpected challenge - and a huge boost of optimism thanks to her doctor's referral to Make-A-Wish!

Wish Wednesday: Reflections on Italy

David goes to Italy
As my time at Make-A-Wish draws to a close, I'd like to reflect on one last wish. I've written before about which wishes have been interesting, special or exciting to me – it's not an easy task. There are so many wishes and they're all unique, which makes picking favorites hard. Whenever I think I've found one, another pops into my mind. That being said, I think for my last Wish Wednesday I am confident in picking one last memorable wish.

May 06, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Reflections on Italy

David goes to Italy
As my time at Make-A-Wish draws to a close, I'd like to reflect on one last wish. I've written before about which wishes have been interesting, special or exciting to me – it's not an easy task. There are so many wishes and they're all unique, which makes picking favorites hard. Whenever I think I've found one, another pops into my mind. That being said, I think for my last Wish Wednesday I am confident in picking one last memorable wish.

Wish Wednesday: Five Wishes To Celebrate Earth Day

Since its inception in the U.S. in 1970 and its global debut in 1990, Earth Day has encouraged millions of people to become interested and devoted to environmentalism. Going green, reducing, reusing and recycling have all become mantras in the lives of children across the world, leading to conscientious interaction with the environment. Loving the planet is something that affects wish kids, too. Dozens of wish kids have wished to do something related to the earth or the environment. Here are five wishes to celebrate Earth Day.

Apr 22, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Five Wishes To Celebrate Earth Day

Since its inception in the U.S. in 1970 and its global debut in 1990, Earth Day has encouraged millions of people to become interested and devoted to environmentalism. Going green, reducing, reusing and recycling have all become mantras in the lives of children across the world, leading to conscientious interaction with the environment. Loving the planet is something that affects wish kids, too. Dozens of wish kids have wished to do something related to the earth or the environment. Here are five wishes to celebrate Earth Day.

Wish Wednesday: Farm Fun

Wish kid Jillie stands in front of her mini-farm.
When hearing about wishes that have been granted, the most special part is seeing how everyone can see a bit of themselves in the wish. No matter the obscurity of the wish, each person can see the beauty of a wish and tie it back into a memory from their childhood. When I read about Jillie's chicken coop wish, that very thing happened to me.

Apr 15, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Farm Fun

Wish kid Jillie stands in front of her mini-farm.
When hearing about wishes that have been granted, the most special part is seeing how everyone can see a bit of themselves in the wish. No matter the obscurity of the wish, each person can see the beauty of a wish and tie it back into a memory from their childhood. When I read about Jillie's chicken coop wish, that very thing happened to me.

Wish Wednesday: Embracing Cold-Blooded Friends

Wish kid Jake and his parents pose for a picture.
Crocodiles and lizards and snakes – oh my! Handling creatures from the reptilia class can be terrifying for many, but not for wish kid Jake. He wished to do just that as a reptile handler.

Apr 08, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Embracing Cold-Blooded Friends

Wish kid Jake and his parents pose for a picture.
Crocodiles and lizards and snakes – oh my! Handling creatures from the reptilia class can be terrifying for many, but not for wish kid Jake. He wished to do just that as a reptile handler.

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