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Nov 15, 2016

Thinking of a Wish on Sisters Serve the World Day

Chi Omega, Katlyn Gould, Sisters Serve the World Day
When I was 14 years old, I was battling all the normal fears of being a freshman in high school: terrifying older students, big lockers and a huge school that I was bound to get lost in. But this was nothing compared to a greater battle I was fighting: stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer in the lymph nodes. Over the period of six months, I went through four rounds of rigorous chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiation treatment. Finally, on Nov. 22, 2007, I was declared in remission and am proud to say I am nine years cancer-free.

Nov 15, 2016

Thinking of a Wish on Sisters Serve the World Day

Chi Omega, Katlyn Gould, Sisters Serve the World Day
When I was 14 years old, I was battling all the normal fears of being a freshman in high school: terrifying older students, big lockers and a huge school that I was bound to get lost in. But this was nothing compared to a greater battle I was fighting: stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer in the lymph nodes. Over the period of six months, I went through four rounds of rigorous chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiation treatment. Finally, on Nov. 22, 2007, I was declared in remission and am proud to say I am nine years cancer-free.

Military Personnel Help Wish Kids Fight Off Illness

Carl, WWII pilot, military, Make-A-Wish America
With options like amusement parks and trips abroad, it may be surprising that so many wish kids dream to be in the military for a day. Sometimes, they are inspired by a relative who serves or has served in the past, but that’s not always the case … so why does experiencing military service appeal to them?

Nov 11, 2016

Military Personnel Help Wish Kids Fight Off Illness

Carl, WWII pilot, military, Make-A-Wish America
With options like amusement parks and trips abroad, it may be surprising that so many wish kids dream to be in the military for a day. Sometimes, they are inspired by a relative who serves or has served in the past, but that’s not always the case … so why does experiencing military service appeal to them?

My Experience at Walk For Wishes

Walk for Wishes, Phoenix, 2016
Teams in matching shirts, makeup and tutus pass by my car window as I sit, scoping out the scene. In the few brief moments I’ve been here, I’ve already seen a wide variety of supporters, including moms with strollers, siblings racing back and forth, and dads with puppy-dogs in tow. Though it’s only 7:30 am – too early for this kind of excitement and too dark outside to keep my eyes open – I’m glad I came.

Oct 05, 2016

My Experience at Walk For Wishes

Walk for Wishes, Phoenix, 2016
Teams in matching shirts, makeup and tutus pass by my car window as I sit, scoping out the scene. In the few brief moments I’ve been here, I’ve already seen a wide variety of supporters, including moms with strollers, siblings racing back and forth, and dads with puppy-dogs in tow. Though it’s only 7:30 am – too early for this kind of excitement and too dark outside to keep my eyes open – I’m glad I came.

Random Wish Kid Photo: Jillian Welcomes Her New Puppy

Jillian Puppy Wish
It's difficult not to use the word 'adorable' when you see this picture of Jillian. I came across it after researching wishes and was struck by how happy she seemed. But as with all wish kids, a photo can never sum up the steps it has taken them to get to the point of celebration and smiles.

Apr 01, 2016

Random Wish Kid Photo: Jillian Welcomes Her New Puppy

Jillian Puppy Wish
It's difficult not to use the word 'adorable' when you see this picture of Jillian. I came across it after researching wishes and was struck by how happy she seemed. But as with all wish kids, a photo can never sum up the steps it has taken them to get to the point of celebration and smiles.

Random Wish Kid Photo: Braxton's Last Day of Chemo

Braxton Wish Kid
Every so often, I come across a photo of a wish kid that makes me re-consider my perspective on the wish granting process and what it means to be involved with Make-A-Wish. In this picture, wish kid Braxton smiles about a significant milestone in his 6 years of life. He's gotten through chemotherapy and is about to go on a wish trip to his favorite theme park. But there is always more to the story.

Jan 21, 2016

Random Wish Kid Photo: Braxton's Last Day of Chemo

Braxton Wish Kid
Every so often, I come across a photo of a wish kid that makes me re-consider my perspective on the wish granting process and what it means to be involved with Make-A-Wish. In this picture, wish kid Braxton smiles about a significant milestone in his 6 years of life. He's gotten through chemotherapy and is about to go on a wish trip to his favorite theme park. But there is always more to the story.

The Moment Was Ours

“Holding my wonderful daughter in my arms, we danced large circles around the empty room. Whatever troubles we’d left behind in difficult months and hard years; whatever trials still lay ahead; none of that mattered. The moment was ours. It was ours forever.”

Oct 14, 2015

The Moment Was Ours

“Holding my wonderful daughter in my arms, we danced large circles around the empty room. Whatever troubles we’d left behind in difficult months and hard years; whatever trials still lay ahead; none of that mattered. The moment was ours. It was ours forever.”

From Wish Kid to Wish Granter

katie, volunteer, giving back, connecticut
Our guest blogger of the day had her wish granted just a few years ago. Katie's wish made such a difference in her life that she wanted to return the favor for other wish kids. She became a volunteer wish granter so she could help kids enduring challenges ... because who understands better than someone who's been there?

Aug 28, 2015

From Wish Kid to Wish Granter

katie, volunteer, giving back, connecticut
Our guest blogger of the day had her wish granted just a few years ago. Katie's wish made such a difference in her life that she wanted to return the favor for other wish kids. She became a volunteer wish granter so she could help kids enduring challenges ... because who understands better than someone who's been there?

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.

Wish Kid Ryan Stars in Subaru "Share the Love" Commercial

Subaru Share the Love Ryan commercial
Wish mom Patrice is today's Wish Nation guest writer. We hope you enjoy her story about her son, Ryan, starring in the Subaru "Share the Love" commercial.

Nov 25, 2014

Wish Kid Ryan Stars in Subaru "Share the Love" Commercial

Subaru Share the Love Ryan commercial
Wish mom Patrice is today's Wish Nation guest writer. We hope you enjoy her story about her son, Ryan, starring in the Subaru "Share the Love" commercial.

Random Wish Kid Photo - Gavin Soars Over New Zealand

Gavin soars over New Zealand during his Make-A-Wish experience.
There’s nothing like looking down at the ground from 20,000 feet to gain a little perspective. Except, maybe, hearing a story about a kid’s wish coming true.

Sep 15, 2014

Random Wish Kid Photo - Gavin Soars Over New Zealand

Gavin soars over New Zealand during his Make-A-Wish experience.
There’s nothing like looking down at the ground from 20,000 feet to gain a little perspective. Except, maybe, hearing a story about a kid’s wish coming true.

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