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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?

Can a Wish Bring Back Your Confidence?

Madison Modeling Wish
If you’ve ever wondered what Make-A-Wish really does for kids, you need to read these words from Farnaz, who watched her 15-year-old daughter live her wish to have a modeling portfolio:

Feb 27, 2015

Can a Wish Bring Back Your Confidence?

Madison Modeling Wish
If you’ve ever wondered what Make-A-Wish really does for kids, you need to read these words from Farnaz, who watched her 15-year-old daughter live her wish to have a modeling portfolio:

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.

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.

David Tutera – Words from a Celebrity Wish Granter

Since Valentine's Day is approaching, we wanted to share this previously publish post by celebrity wish granter and wedding-planning reality TV star David Tutera. It's still one of our favorite blog posts, and it's a great reminder of how wishes bring out the best in people. Enjoy!

Feb 09, 2015

David Tutera – Words from a Celebrity Wish Granter

Since Valentine's Day is approaching, we wanted to share this previously publish post by celebrity wish granter and wedding-planning reality TV star David Tutera. It's still one of our favorite blog posts, and it's a great reminder of how wishes bring out the best in people. Enjoy!

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