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Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Aug 24, 2018

Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Ready for a Land Adventure and It Feels Snow Good

Frankie wished to see snow
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

Aug 14, 2018

Ready for a Land Adventure and It Feels Snow Good

Frankie wished to see snow
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Editor’s note: Jimmy’s wish story was originally published to Wish Nation in November 2017. We caught up with Jimmy recently about how his wish transformed his life and the lives of others.

Jul 10, 2018

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Editor’s note: Jimmy’s wish story was originally published to Wish Nation in November 2017. We caught up with Jimmy recently about how his wish transformed his life and the lives of others.

Revolutionary War Re-Enactors Make Wish History

John's wish was to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War re-enactment
It was Patriots Day in Concord, Mass., a day typically celebrated with a parade and Revolutionary War re-enactment. But the weather was so rainy and windy that the day’s events were cancelled. John wasn’t sure what would happen next – he had already traveled across America, from Anchorage to Boston, to lead the day’s march because, according to him, “this is where it all began.”

Jul 02, 2018

Revolutionary War Re-Enactors Make Wish History

John's wish was to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War re-enactment
It was Patriots Day in Concord, Mass., a day typically celebrated with a parade and Revolutionary War re-enactment. But the weather was so rainy and windy that the day’s events were cancelled. John wasn’t sure what would happen next – he had already traveled across America, from Anchorage to Boston, to lead the day’s march because, according to him, “this is where it all began.”

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.

This Doctor's Day, We Celebrate Physicians' Dedication to Wish Kids

Cindy, 8, I wish to be an ENT doctor, heart condition
March 30 is National Doctor's Day, and we’re taking a moment to honor the dedication of doctors in our community. Each year, thousands of physicians from across the country refer children to Make-A-Wish. They’re with wish kids during diagnosis and treatment. They often see kids and families at their lowest points … and they’re among the strongest advocates of the positive effect of wishes. Research* now shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes.

Mar 29, 2018

This Doctor's Day, We Celebrate Physicians' Dedication to Wish Kids

Cindy, 8, I wish to be an ENT doctor, heart condition
March 30 is National Doctor's Day, and we’re taking a moment to honor the dedication of doctors in our community. Each year, thousands of physicians from across the country refer children to Make-A-Wish. They’re with wish kids during diagnosis and treatment. They often see kids and families at their lowest points … and they’re among the strongest advocates of the positive effect of wishes. Research* now shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes.

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.

Are You Bilingual? We Need Your Help!

One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.
One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish® is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.

Mar 02, 2018

Are You Bilingual? We Need Your Help!

One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.
One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish® is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.

About this Blog

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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