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Wish Wednesday: A wish that defied the weather

When I watched the video about CJ’s wish to have a synthetic ice rink in his backyard, I couldn’t help but be reminded about Phoenix’s synthetic ice rink and all of the joy that it brings to people of the Valley. I could only imagine how happy it must make CJ, who loves to play hockey and now has a place to do so.

Apr 01, 2015

Wish Wednesday: A wish that defied the weather

When I watched the video about CJ’s wish to have a synthetic ice rink in his backyard, I couldn’t help but be reminded about Phoenix’s synthetic ice rink and all of the joy that it brings to people of the Valley. I could only imagine how happy it must make CJ, who loves to play hockey and now has a place to do so.

Southwest Airlines Stars During Daniel's Wish

Southwest Airlines, Give Wishes Wings, Kelly, Daniel
What a grand time we had in Florida for Daniel’s Make-A-Wish trip!

Recently when I asked him what he remembered and what he enjoyed the most, I fully expected to hear something different than what I heard. I thought what would stick in his mind would be the theme parks or Give Kids the World Village; eating ice cream for breakfast or feeding alligators … do you know what he said first (and with great conviction)?

Apr 03, 2015

Southwest Airlines Stars During Daniel's Wish

Southwest Airlines, Give Wishes Wings, Kelly, Daniel
What a grand time we had in Florida for Daniel’s Make-A-Wish trip!

Recently when I asked him what he remembered and what he enjoyed the most, I fully expected to hear something different than what I heard. I thought what would stick in his mind would be the theme parks or Give Kids the World Village; eating ice cream for breakfast or feeding alligators … do you know what he said first (and with great conviction)?

Nearly 15 Years Later, Alexander’s Wish Still Impacts His Life

There is just no better news than finding out a wish kid has overcome an illness to go on to better things in life. We have many stories of wish kids who are now parents, in college or working in their dream career. We just got a great update about Alexander and his life since his wish.

Mar 25, 2015

Nearly 15 Years Later, Alexander’s Wish Still Impacts His Life

There is just no better news than finding out a wish kid has overcome an illness to go on to better things in life. We have many stories of wish kids who are now parents, in college or working in their dream career. We just got a great update about Alexander and his life since his wish.

Wish Wednesday: Slam Dunk Wishes

Although baseball takes the crown for America’s favorite pastime, basketball takes a humble second place — especially when March rolls around. Every year it’s impossible to make it through the month without hearing the words “bracket,” “final four” or “upsets.” We can thank March Madness for that.

Mar 18, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Slam Dunk Wishes

Although baseball takes the crown for America’s favorite pastime, basketball takes a humble second place — especially when March rolls around. Every year it’s impossible to make it through the month without hearing the words “bracket,” “final four” or “upsets.” We can thank March Madness for that.

Remember the Parents and the Caregivers, Too

Chris G.
There is much said about the courage of the wish kids. These kids battle any variety of life-threatening illnesses. However, there is another person in this battle; someone that is often overlooked. This is an unsung hero. Someone that that takes on the burden of the dark, to help allow the light in. The child with the illness has someone who fights alongside them. While these wish kids battle their diseases, their parents and caretakers are right there with them. Day in and day out, they swing for the fences, trying to hit a home run for that child and hoping that whatever effort they put into helping that boy or girl will move them one step closer to overcoming their obstacles.

Mar 13, 2015

Remember the Parents and the Caregivers, Too

Chris G.
There is much said about the courage of the wish kids. These kids battle any variety of life-threatening illnesses. However, there is another person in this battle; someone that is often overlooked. This is an unsung hero. Someone that that takes on the burden of the dark, to help allow the light in. The child with the illness has someone who fights alongside them. While these wish kids battle their diseases, their parents and caretakers are right there with them. Day in and day out, they swing for the fences, trying to hit a home run for that child and hoping that whatever effort they put into helping that boy or girl will move them one step closer to overcoming their obstacles.

Mar 06, 2015

Southwest Airlines Helps Give Wishes Wings

There’s a special kind of effort that goes into making a wish come true. Behind the scenes you’ll find Make-A-Wish staff members, volunteers and sponsors working hard to put countless details together – all in the name of making one child’s wish come true. What looks like a perfectly executed event on the day of the wish probably took months of planning. Many people don’t realize all of the work that goes on “backstage” at Make-A-Wish, so I’d love to feature just one piece.

Mar 06, 2015

Southwest Airlines Helps Give Wishes Wings

There’s a special kind of effort that goes into making a wish come true. Behind the scenes you’ll find Make-A-Wish staff members, volunteers and sponsors working hard to put countless details together – all in the name of making one child’s wish come true. What looks like a perfectly executed event on the day of the wish probably took months of planning. Many people don’t realize all of the work that goes on “backstage” at Make-A-Wish, so I’d love to feature just one piece.

Wish Wednesday: Why Gabriel’s National Park Wish Is Special To Me

Thousands of acres of land are at the disposal of every citizen and guest of the U.S. National Parks have something that everyone can enjoy, whether it’s hiking, rafting, fishing, animal watching, camping or just enjoying the breathtaking landscapes the stretch from coast to coast. When was the last time you took a second to appreciate the public lands of your country?

Mar 04, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Why Gabriel’s National Park Wish Is Special To Me

Thousands of acres of land are at the disposal of every citizen and guest of the U.S. National Parks have something that everyone can enjoy, whether it’s hiking, rafting, fishing, animal watching, camping or just enjoying the breathtaking landscapes the stretch from coast to coast. When was the last time you took a second to appreciate the public lands of your country?

Wish Wednesday: An Out Of This World Wish

Wish kid Fred watches the space shuttle launch.
Tonight, take a second to go outside and look up at the night sky. What do you see? Stars, space dust, the moon? Maybe you can point out a few constellations that you remember learning in grade school. For thousands of years the sky has left people in awe, been used for science and inspired thousands of scientists, philosophers and even wish kids.

Feb 25, 2015

Wish Wednesday: An Out Of This World Wish

Wish kid Fred watches the space shuttle launch.
Tonight, take a second to go outside and look up at the night sky. What do you see? Stars, space dust, the moon? Maybe you can point out a few constellations that you remember learning in grade school. For thousands of years the sky has left people in awe, been used for science and inspired thousands of scientists, philosophers and even wish kids.

Feb 20, 2015

Sharing Aloha with Wish Kids Worldwide

Carl's wish
From pink unicorns to sailing the ocean blue with pirates, Hawaii appeals to thousands of wish kids for reasons as unique as each child’s imagination. As a result, Make-A-Wish Hawaii sees about 1,000 wish kids and their families each year while on their wish trips to Hawaii’s beautiful shores – the second most requested wish in the nation!

Feb 20, 2015

Sharing Aloha with Wish Kids Worldwide

Carl's wish
From pink unicorns to sailing the ocean blue with pirates, Hawaii appeals to thousands of wish kids for reasons as unique as each child’s imagination. As a result, Make-A-Wish Hawaii sees about 1,000 wish kids and their families each year while on their wish trips to Hawaii’s beautiful shores – the second most requested wish in the nation!

Wish Wednesday: Music That Heals

Wish kid Ayden recieved a makeover to prepare for her performance.
Music can be therapeutic. The beats, rhythms and melodies of songs create an escape unlike any other, exposing raw emotion and fostering hope. For many wish kids, music is an essential part of their lives, allowing them a chance to escape the pain of treatments for moments at a time. To wish kids, music is a powerful form of medicine, instrumental in their recovery process.

Feb 18, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Music That Heals

Wish kid Ayden recieved a makeover to prepare for her performance.
Music can be therapeutic. The beats, rhythms and melodies of songs create an escape unlike any other, exposing raw emotion and fostering hope. For many wish kids, music is an essential part of their lives, allowing them a chance to escape the pain of treatments for moments at a time. To wish kids, music is a powerful form of medicine, instrumental in their recovery process.

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