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Nov 04, 2016

4 Books That Explore Illness from a Sibling's Perspective

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Siblings of kids with life-threatening illness are in a unique position. Even though they themselves may not be sick, they must adjust their lives to accommodate their brother or sister. They may have to handle challenges their peers do not face, like going on regular hospital and doctor visits, coping with medical emergencies or fearing for their sibling’s health.

Nov 04, 2016

4 Books That Explore Illness from a Sibling's Perspective

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Siblings of kids with life-threatening illness are in a unique position. Even though they themselves may not be sick, they must adjust their lives to accommodate their brother or sister. They may have to handle challenges their peers do not face, like going on regular hospital and doctor visits, coping with medical emergencies or fearing for their sibling’s health.

Oct 24, 2016

Tips & Tricks to Make Halloween Fun for Everyone

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I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s the one time of year you can be as weird as you want and be rewarded for it with candy. As an adult, I love it even more because, well, I can still be weird, but I also have so much fun handing out treats and interacting with the kids.

Oct 24, 2016

Tips & Tricks to Make Halloween Fun for Everyone

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I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s the one time of year you can be as weird as you want and be rewarded for it with candy. As an adult, I love it even more because, well, I can still be weird, but I also have so much fun handing out treats and interacting with the kids.

Conjure Up Magical Memories this Halloween

Party City Halloween Tips
Today’s guest post comes from Make-A-Wish sponsor Party City. With Halloween just a few moonrises away, we asked their party experts for advice: What’s the best way to decorate for trick-or-treaters, parties or even fundraisers to help wish kids? Here’s what they had to say!

Oct 14, 2016

Conjure Up Magical Memories this Halloween

Party City Halloween Tips
Today’s guest post comes from Make-A-Wish sponsor Party City. With Halloween just a few moonrises away, we asked their party experts for advice: What’s the best way to decorate for trick-or-treaters, parties or even fundraisers to help wish kids? Here’s what they had to say!

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.

Meet Three Philanthropists Who Aren't Even Old Enough to Drive

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So, when are you old enough to start making the world a better place? When you’re old enough to drive? When you buy your first home? When you’re a parent?

Sep 28, 2016

Meet Three Philanthropists Who Aren't Even Old Enough to Drive

young philanthropists
So, when are you old enough to start making the world a better place? When you’re old enough to drive? When you buy your first home? When you’re a parent?

Reflections for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

How to Help Kids Cope With Their Sibling’s Hospital Stays
Two years ago this month, my family was adjusting to life with two boys under the age of two. Liam was 22 months old and Colin was two months old. I was in the last week of my 12-week maternity leave, and life was good. We were so very tired and so very happy.

Sep 23, 2016

Reflections for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

How to Help Kids Cope With Their Sibling’s Hospital Stays
Two years ago this month, my family was adjusting to life with two boys under the age of two. Liam was 22 months old and Colin was two months old. I was in the last week of my 12-week maternity leave, and life was good. We were so very tired and so very happy.

Sep 09, 2016

Helping Families Facing the Unimaginable

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“I can’t imagine.” When you enter the world of childhood cancer, I would venture to say that these three words become the most common ones most parents hear.

Sep 09, 2016

Helping Families Facing the Unimaginable

jennifer mosier, Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation
“I can’t imagine.” When you enter the world of childhood cancer, I would venture to say that these three words become the most common ones most parents hear.

5 Ways to Survive College with a Chronic Illness

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Today’s guest blogger is Lauren Thornton. She’s a college junior diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which is a chronic condition that requires daily treatment.

Aug 05, 2016

5 Ways to Survive College with a Chronic Illness

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Today’s guest blogger is Lauren Thornton. She’s a college junior diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which is a chronic condition that requires daily treatment.

Jun 24, 2016

CF Challenges a Mom to Stay Strong

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Guest blogger Kat shares her memories of the trying day that her daughter, Maylie, faced other challenges in addition to cystic fibrosis. She tells of an internal struggle – trying to model the ideal behavior in the face of adversity, while also managing her despair as the parent of a medically fragile child.

Jun 24, 2016

CF Challenges a Mom to Stay Strong

kat quinn cystic fibrosis maylie make-a-wish
Guest blogger Kat shares her memories of the trying day that her daughter, Maylie, faced other challenges in addition to cystic fibrosis. She tells of an internal struggle – trying to model the ideal behavior in the face of adversity, while also managing her despair as the parent of a medically fragile child.

The Toughest Man I Ever Met: Father’s Day Blog

Nick N., father's day, hypoplastic left heart syndrome
With Father's Day just a few days away, this is the perfect time to introduce you to guest blogger Nick. His son, Hunter, was born with half a functioning heart. He'll take you from self-doubt before Hunter's birth to watching him prepare for high school.

Jun 15, 2016

The Toughest Man I Ever Met: Father’s Day Blog

Nick N., father's day, hypoplastic left heart syndrome
With Father's Day just a few days away, this is the perfect time to introduce you to guest blogger Nick. His son, Hunter, was born with half a functioning heart. He'll take you from self-doubt before Hunter's birth to watching him prepare for high school.

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