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Wish to be Mermaid Proves the Impossible Is Possible

Neva wished to be a mermaid.
Neva has no problem telling people she’s a cancer survivor. “She’ll tell them she punched it in the face,” Neva’s mom, Abby, says with as much passion as her little girl exudes. Neva turns 6 years old this month. “People listen to her because she is so young. She actually holds a conversation about her cancer journey.”

Apr 18, 2018

Wish to be Mermaid Proves the Impossible Is Possible

Neva wished to be a mermaid.
Neva has no problem telling people she’s a cancer survivor. “She’ll tell them she punched it in the face,” Neva’s mom, Abby, says with as much passion as her little girl exudes. Neva turns 6 years old this month. “People listen to her because she is so young. She actually holds a conversation about her cancer journey.”

My Daughter's Wish Helped Her Find A New Dream

Wish Kid Anna and her mom, Stephanie
When my daughter, Anna, was 12 years old, she was complaining of a headache every day. Doctors repeatedly told her it was nothing severe; that simple Advil and rest would help. Then, an appendix rupture sent her to the ER. While in the hospital, Anna started complaining of constant pain, numbness and tingling. No one could give us answers.

Apr 06, 2018

My Daughter's Wish Helped Her Find A New Dream

Wish Kid Anna and her mom, Stephanie
When my daughter, Anna, was 12 years old, she was complaining of a headache every day. Doctors repeatedly told her it was nothing severe; that simple Advil and rest would help. Then, an appendix rupture sent her to the ER. While in the hospital, Anna started complaining of constant pain, numbness and tingling. No one could give us answers.

Wish Gives Teen Strength to Fight for Healthier Future

Mara, while on her wish to go to Alaska, has found a new perspective of experiencing life beyond illness.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare immunodeficiency disorder that sent me to the hospital 10 times in one year. I was in so much pain every day that I struggled to climb the stairs to my room, a far cry from the 16-mile marathon training days I was doing two months prior. I began to lose hope and give up on the things that once gave me so much joy in my life.

Mar 16, 2018

Wish Gives Teen Strength to Fight for Healthier Future

Mara, while on her wish to go to Alaska, has found a new perspective of experiencing life beyond illness.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare immunodeficiency disorder that sent me to the hospital 10 times in one year. I was in so much pain every day that I struggled to climb the stairs to my room, a far cry from the 16-mile marathon training days I was doing two months prior. I began to lose hope and give up on the things that once gave me so much joy in my life.

A Wish Is More Than Nice. It's Necessary.

For a child with a critical illness, a wish can provide happiness, hope and a sense that the impossible is possible.

I have the honor of being a social worker at a children’s hospital in Charlotte, N.C. I work with wish kids – or, as I like to call them, little heroes – every day. The kids I work with are often living with critical illnesses that they’ll endure their entire lives, such as Diamond Blackfan anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders. There are no cures for these diseases.

Mar 09, 2018

A Wish Is More Than Nice. It's Necessary.

For a child with a critical illness, a wish can provide happiness, hope and a sense that the impossible is possible.

I have the honor of being a social worker at a children’s hospital in Charlotte, N.C. I work with wish kids – or, as I like to call them, little heroes – every day. The kids I work with are often living with critical illnesses that they’ll endure their entire lives, such as Diamond Blackfan anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders. There are no cures for these diseases.

Hugs And Wishes: One Child’s Wish Becomes an Entire Family’s Legacy

Judy, third from left, and her husband, Ed, granted Parker's wish to see snow when he was 5.
In honor of American Heart Month and the week of Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Feb 15, 2018

Hugs And Wishes: One Child’s Wish Becomes an Entire Family’s Legacy

Judy, third from left, and her husband, Ed, granted Parker's wish to see snow when he was 5.
In honor of American Heart Month and the week of Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Hugs And Wishes: Wish Dad, Son Find Love in Wish Granter

Natalie was Austen's wish granter. She later married his dad, Brandon.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Feb 14, 2018

Hugs And Wishes: Wish Dad, Son Find Love in Wish Granter

Natalie was Austen's wish granter. She later married his dad, Brandon.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Hugs and Wishes: Couple Finds Their Future Through Make-A-Wish Past

Joel and Shae both have a connection with Make-A-Wish that dates back to their childhoods.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters, to the devotion of wish families, to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Feb 13, 2018

Hugs and Wishes: Couple Finds Their Future Through Make-A-Wish Past

Joel and Shae both have a connection with Make-A-Wish that dates back to their childhoods.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters, to the devotion of wish families, to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Sharing the Love: Wish Trip Unites Friends Who Share Same Illness

While in Atlantis, BrieAnn enjoyed Dolphin Cay, one of the largest marine habitats in the world.
BrieAnn is a 9-year-old from Milton, Wis., who’s living with a progressive colonic pseudo disorder. She loves to run, ride her bike, play with her brother, swim and look for sea shells.

Dec 20, 2017

Sharing the Love: Wish Trip Unites Friends Who Share Same Illness

While in Atlantis, BrieAnn enjoyed Dolphin Cay, one of the largest marine habitats in the world.
BrieAnn is a 9-year-old from Milton, Wis., who’s living with a progressive colonic pseudo disorder. She loves to run, ride her bike, play with her brother, swim and look for sea shells.

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.

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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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