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From Cinematographer to Wish Granter

Linda and Chris the day he received his uniform and wings.
Ever since I heard about how Make-A-Wish was formed, it has always seemed more like fiction than truth. The plot was too unfair - a 7-year-old boy knew that his illness would soon take his life. The characters were too good - friends who worked together to give one day of hope to a mother and her son. But it's real. All of it. Kenny Yanga, a cinematographer and editor with Relentless, Inc., can tell you for certain because he met the people whose actions have impacted the lives of millions of others all around the world.

Feb 27, 2017

From Cinematographer to Wish Granter

Linda and Chris the day he received his uniform and wings.
Ever since I heard about how Make-A-Wish was formed, it has always seemed more like fiction than truth. The plot was too unfair - a 7-year-old boy knew that his illness would soon take his life. The characters were too good - friends who worked together to give one day of hope to a mother and her son. But it's real. All of it. Kenny Yanga, a cinematographer and editor with Relentless, Inc., can tell you for certain because he met the people whose actions have impacted the lives of millions of others all around the world.

4 Wish Kids Who Love Science

Delilah, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, scuba diving
Delilah coasts through the water, her flippers propelling her forward. Colorful fish and coral pass beneath her as she concentrates on breathing through her regulator. Being submerged in the water feels like seeing the world for the first time. It’s a little nerve-wracking, but she knows that she has Steve right beside her to show her what to do.

Feb 03, 2017

4 Wish Kids Who Love Science

Delilah, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, scuba diving
Delilah coasts through the water, her flippers propelling her forward. Colorful fish and coral pass beneath her as she concentrates on breathing through her regulator. Being submerged in the water feels like seeing the world for the first time. It’s a little nerve-wracking, but she knows that she has Steve right beside her to show her what to do.

How 3 Communities Empowered Local Wish Kids

Make-A-Wish Oregon, Tristan
The wind whips out Kaheem’s cape as he surveys his city. The people of Washington, DC, are in trouble – he can feel it. There are evildoers afoot! Luckily for them, they have Super Kaheem to come to the rescue.

Jan 30, 2017

How 3 Communities Empowered Local Wish Kids

Make-A-Wish Oregon, Tristan
The wind whips out Kaheem’s cape as he surveys his city. The people of Washington, DC, are in trouble – he can feel it. There are evildoers afoot! Luckily for them, they have Super Kaheem to come to the rescue.

The Original Wish Mom

Linda Pauling, Chris Greicius, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Linda wears glasses, a green cap and a Make-A-Wish sweatshirt, a sort of casual-but-spirited look. Her grey hair peeks out from underneath her hat, and her blue eyes have a kindness behind them that is seldom matched.

Nov 23, 2016

The Original Wish Mom

Linda Pauling, Chris Greicius, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Linda wears glasses, a green cap and a Make-A-Wish sweatshirt, a sort of casual-but-spirited look. Her grey hair peeks out from underneath her hat, and her blue eyes have a kindness behind them that is seldom matched.

Searching for Wish Nation Contributors

Greater Los Angeles, Wishes In Flight, Alexandra, Travel, Antarctica
There’s nothing like a real, first-hand story about a Make-A-Wish experience. Each one connects us to what wishes do for the kids we serve – and for their families and communities.

Sep 11, 2015

Searching for Wish Nation Contributors

Greater Los Angeles, Wishes In Flight, Alexandra, Travel, Antarctica
There’s nothing like a real, first-hand story about a Make-A-Wish experience. Each one connects us to what wishes do for the kids we serve – and for their families and communities.

How Your Support Can Change a Wish Kid's Life

JFC, Francesca, Jewelers for Children
It was only a month ago - my follow-up MRI day. As I laid upon the scanning table, heard the racketing of robotic noises around me and prayed for positive results, I couldn’t help but think about all of the other children who have faced this same moment … the children who I now get to help. I am a proud to say that I am a wish kid and now a wish team member.

Sep 03, 2015

How Your Support Can Change a Wish Kid's Life

JFC, Francesca, Jewelers for Children
It was only a month ago - my follow-up MRI day. As I laid upon the scanning table, heard the racketing of robotic noises around me and prayed for positive results, I couldn’t help but think about all of the other children who have faced this same moment … the children who I now get to help. I am a proud to say that I am a wish kid and now a wish team member.

Reflections on Granting Super Bowl XLIX Wishes

Make-A-Wish kid Shannon gives the thumbs up while at Super Bowl XLIX
Shanon is an 8-year-old who has devoted all his energy to overcoming leukemia since he was diagnosed in 2013. I had the privilege of meeting this amazing wish kid, along with the other 11 kids and their families, who wished to go to Super Bowl XLIX. What an honor to get to interact with these kids and their families! As an employee at Make-A-Wish America, I see, hear and write about wishes every day, but it is not every day that I get to actually interact with them. I had so much fun welcoming the kids and their families at a reception that Make-A-Wish Arizona held for them – complete with chocolate fondue and a ping pong table (Shanon has got some serious ping pong skills, y’all).

Feb 13, 2015

Reflections on Granting Super Bowl XLIX Wishes

Make-A-Wish kid Shannon gives the thumbs up while at Super Bowl XLIX
Shanon is an 8-year-old who has devoted all his energy to overcoming leukemia since he was diagnosed in 2013. I had the privilege of meeting this amazing wish kid, along with the other 11 kids and their families, who wished to go to Super Bowl XLIX. What an honor to get to interact with these kids and their families! As an employee at Make-A-Wish America, I see, hear and write about wishes every day, but it is not every day that I get to actually interact with them. I had so much fun welcoming the kids and their families at a reception that Make-A-Wish Arizona held for them – complete with chocolate fondue and a ping pong table (Shanon has got some serious ping pong skills, y’all).

Wish Wednesday: Wishes Making Headlines

Wish kid Ava recieves a ballerina giraffe courtesy of Make-A-Wish and Build-A-Bear®.
While all wishes are inherently newsworthy, not all find their way into the headlines. Here are some wishes that have been picked up by media outlets this month, highlighting the happiness caused by Make-A-Wish experiences, the giving back that funds wishes and the organizations that support Make-A-Wish.

Feb 11, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Wishes Making Headlines

Wish kid Ava recieves a ballerina giraffe courtesy of Make-A-Wish and Build-A-Bear®.
While all wishes are inherently newsworthy, not all find their way into the headlines. Here are some wishes that have been picked up by media outlets this month, highlighting the happiness caused by Make-A-Wish experiences, the giving back that funds wishes and the organizations that support Make-A-Wish.

How a Caring Person Creates a Make-A-Wish Legacy

Amaya
There’s a way for any person to support Make-A-Wish in a personally meaningful way. Making a gift in your will is just one way you can support our mission. And often, that choice is a thoughtful reflection of personal experience. Our Planned Giving team would like to share excerpts from a conversation with Lynn F. as just one example of how supporters decide to include Make-A-Wish in a will. Lynn was originally introduced to Make-A-Wish when a friend’s niece was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and became eligible for a wish.

Jan 30, 2015

How a Caring Person Creates a Make-A-Wish Legacy

Amaya
There’s a way for any person to support Make-A-Wish in a personally meaningful way. Making a gift in your will is just one way you can support our mission. And often, that choice is a thoughtful reflection of personal experience. Our Planned Giving team would like to share excerpts from a conversation with Lynn F. as just one example of how supporters decide to include Make-A-Wish in a will. Lynn was originally introduced to Make-A-Wish when a friend’s niece was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and became eligible for a wish.

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.

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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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