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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.

Communicating With Non-Verbal Wish Kids

One of the cornerstones of Make-A-Wish is ensuring that we grant a child’s one true wish … that we give life to that particular child’s vision of life at its best. But what happens when a child’s medical condition impedes the ability to communicate? Make-A-Wish staff members and volunteers have a solution. Georgianna, a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Connecticut who has granted more than 150 wishes, shares how she overcomes this challenge. She provides some great insights for people curious about how Make-A-Wish works – and even for other wish granters around the country.

Dec 19, 2014

Communicating With Non-Verbal Wish Kids

One of the cornerstones of Make-A-Wish is ensuring that we grant a child’s one true wish … that we give life to that particular child’s vision of life at its best. But what happens when a child’s medical condition impedes the ability to communicate? Make-A-Wish staff members and volunteers have a solution. Georgianna, a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Connecticut who has granted more than 150 wishes, shares how she overcomes this challenge. She provides some great insights for people curious about how Make-A-Wish works – and even for other wish granters around the country.

11 Reasons I Am Thankful For Make-A-Wish

Nick as Red Lightning
This holiday season, as you think back over the year for what you are most thankful for, I hope that you will remember all of the wish kids Make-A-Wish has helped throughout the year. I remember second grader Nick, who showed Seattle how to fight crime in his wish to be a superhero. I remember when Austin rode with racer Tommy Johnson Jr. at speeds of over 140 mph. And who could forget when Ranger Gabriel stopped that forest fire in Yellowstone?

Nov 26, 2014

11 Reasons I Am Thankful For Make-A-Wish

Nick as Red Lightning
This holiday season, as you think back over the year for what you are most thankful for, I hope that you will remember all of the wish kids Make-A-Wish has helped throughout the year. I remember second grader Nick, who showed Seattle how to fight crime in his wish to be a superhero. I remember when Austin rode with racer Tommy Johnson Jr. at speeds of over 140 mph. And who could forget when Ranger Gabriel stopped that forest fire in Yellowstone?

On the Movie Set With Wish Kid Clark

Clark Make-A-Wish UK Life Photography
Today, Wish Nation is excited to introduce you to Clark, a 7-year-old wish kid from the UK. Chrissie Hinde, marketing officer at Make-A-Wish UK, will share her first-hand view of Clark's imaginative wish to be the star in his own movie ... this blog post is also our first-ever from our friends in the UK. Make-A-Wish UK is one of 38 Make-A-Wish International affiliates serving children in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Nov 14, 2014

On the Movie Set With Wish Kid Clark

Clark Make-A-Wish UK Life Photography
Today, Wish Nation is excited to introduce you to Clark, a 7-year-old wish kid from the UK. Chrissie Hinde, marketing officer at Make-A-Wish UK, will share her first-hand view of Clark's imaginative wish to be the star in his own movie ... this blog post is also our first-ever from our friends in the UK. Make-A-Wish UK is one of 38 Make-A-Wish International affiliates serving children in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Why Granting Wishes Matters

Pause for a minute. Think about a moment in your life that really impacted you. Think about a time when you were the impact. Didn’t it make you feel so full of understanding, positivity and joy? Now, what if you could feel that every 38 minutes?

Sep 26, 2014

Why Granting Wishes Matters

Pause for a minute. Think about a moment in your life that really impacted you. Think about a time when you were the impact. Didn’t it make you feel so full of understanding, positivity and joy? Now, what if you could feel that every 38 minutes?

Wish Wednesday - A Small Step Can Leave a Huge Imprint

I was nine when I knew that what I wanted the most in life was to contribute to the world around me in some way to make it better. Of course, I thought I had to wait for that moment until I was older, possibly a little taller, and well … met all the right people and found all the right resources. After all, what could a 9-year-old do for such a big world? Had I known then – a whole lot, actually.

Sep 24, 2014

Wish Wednesday - A Small Step Can Leave a Huge Imprint

I was nine when I knew that what I wanted the most in life was to contribute to the world around me in some way to make it better. Of course, I thought I had to wait for that moment until I was older, possibly a little taller, and well … met all the right people and found all the right resources. After all, what could a 9-year-old do for such a big world? Had I known then – a whole lot, actually.

How You Can Connect Kids with Make-A-Wish

juliana scientist
When charities ask people to help, they usually mean “donate” or “volunteer.” With Make-A-Wish, there’s another huge way people can help: They can refer a child for a wish.

Sep 03, 2014

How You Can Connect Kids with Make-A-Wish

juliana scientist
When charities ask people to help, they usually mean “donate” or “volunteer.” With Make-A-Wish, there’s another huge way people can help: They can refer a child for a wish.

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