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How a Caring Person Creates a Make-A-Wish Legacy

Amaya
There’s a way for any person to support Make-A-Wish in a personally meaningful way. Making a gift in your will is just one way you can support our mission. And often, that choice is a thoughtful reflection of personal experience. Our Planned Giving team would like to share excerpts from a conversation with Lynn F. as just one example of how supporters decide to include Make-A-Wish in a will. Lynn was originally introduced to Make-A-Wish when a friend’s niece was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and became eligible for a wish.

Jan 30, 2015

How a Caring Person Creates a Make-A-Wish Legacy

Amaya
There’s a way for any person to support Make-A-Wish in a personally meaningful way. Making a gift in your will is just one way you can support our mission. And often, that choice is a thoughtful reflection of personal experience. Our Planned Giving team would like to share excerpts from a conversation with Lynn F. as just one example of how supporters decide to include Make-A-Wish in a will. Lynn was originally introduced to Make-A-Wish when a friend’s niece was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and became eligible for a wish.

The Inspiration of Percussion

Ben and his new drum kit
This is going to sound a little silly, but I'd like you to do something for me. I'd like you to clap your hands together. Now, I'd like you to clap your hands twice. Stomp your feet. Clap again once more. Then twice again. Stomp. If you followed along with me, you may now have a bit of rhythm forming in your head. It's a musical beat that you could not only hear, but you could feel it throughout your entire body. Music has become a tactile experience … the rhythm coming into the body through the hands and the feet.

Jan 23, 2015

The Inspiration of Percussion

Ben and his new drum kit
This is going to sound a little silly, but I'd like you to do something for me. I'd like you to clap your hands together. Now, I'd like you to clap your hands twice. Stomp your feet. Clap again once more. Then twice again. Stomp. If you followed along with me, you may now have a bit of rhythm forming in your head. It's a musical beat that you could not only hear, but you could feel it throughout your entire body. Music has become a tactile experience … the rhythm coming into the body through the hands and the feet.

Jan 13, 2015

Wish Kid Couple Inspires with Wedding Fundraiser

While scrolling through the tweets that rolled in overnight, I stumbled upon this great story (and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin fundraiser). More than 10 years ago, Emily and John both received wishes from Make-A-Wish; John, to have a boat, and Emily, to go to Hawaii with her family. Now, both in remission, Emily and John are tying the knot. And, as an added bonus, they are raising money to grant more life-changing wishes for kids.

Jan 13, 2015

Wish Kid Couple Inspires with Wedding Fundraiser

While scrolling through the tweets that rolled in overnight, I stumbled upon this great story (and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin fundraiser). More than 10 years ago, Emily and John both received wishes from Make-A-Wish; John, to have a boat, and Emily, to go to Hawaii with her family. Now, both in remission, Emily and John are tying the knot. And, as an added bonus, they are raising money to grant more life-changing wishes for kids.

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.

Making Memories for a Community

What are memories? How do we remember things? If you ask a neurologist how a memory becomes encoded in someone’s brain, you'll learn that an event causes an electrical and chemical reaction of sufficient magnitude in the hippocampus that it builds a set of proteins at a neural synapse. However, kids don’t think like that. They might say a memory is made by going to the circus, dancing with a pop star or flying a helicopter. If you ask a certain 7-year-old with leukemia, you might hear something completely unexpected – that her greatest memory comes from being an art teacher.

Jan 07, 2015

Making Memories for a Community

What are memories? How do we remember things? If you ask a neurologist how a memory becomes encoded in someone’s brain, you'll learn that an event causes an electrical and chemical reaction of sufficient magnitude in the hippocampus that it builds a set of proteins at a neural synapse. However, kids don’t think like that. They might say a memory is made by going to the circus, dancing with a pop star or flying a helicopter. If you ask a certain 7-year-old with leukemia, you might hear something completely unexpected – that her greatest memory comes from being an art teacher.

Communicating With Non-Verbal Wish Kids

One of the cornerstones of Make-A-Wish is ensuring that we grant a child’s one true wish … that we give life to that particular child’s vision of life at its best. But what happens when a child’s medical condition impedes the ability to communicate? Make-A-Wish staff members and volunteers have a solution. Georgianna, a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Connecticut who has granted more than 150 wishes, shares how she overcomes this challenge. She provides some great insights for people curious about how Make-A-Wish works – and even for other wish granters around the country.

Dec 19, 2014

Communicating With Non-Verbal Wish Kids

One of the cornerstones of Make-A-Wish is ensuring that we grant a child’s one true wish … that we give life to that particular child’s vision of life at its best. But what happens when a child’s medical condition impedes the ability to communicate? Make-A-Wish staff members and volunteers have a solution. Georgianna, a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Connecticut who has granted more than 150 wishes, shares how she overcomes this challenge. She provides some great insights for people curious about how Make-A-Wish works – and even for other wish granters around the country.

Nickolas' Wish Creates Lifelong Link

nickolas and anthony kim make-a-wish
Today’s Wish Nation post comes from a wish kid whose wish came true five years ago. He wanted to share his story with Wish Nation readers so you can see that a wish lasts far longer than just one day. Enjoy!

Dec 19, 2014

Nickolas' Wish Creates Lifelong Link

nickolas and anthony kim make-a-wish
Today’s Wish Nation post comes from a wish kid whose wish came true five years ago. He wanted to share his story with Wish Nation readers so you can see that a wish lasts far longer than just one day. Enjoy!

Three Great Images from Animal Planet Wishes

Make-A-Wish Animal Planet
If you’re a regular Animal Planet viewer, you probably know there’s a show about nearly every creature on earth. We also have more than a few wish kids who want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims. With the help of Animal Planet and its stars, we’ve granted some incredible wishes that brought Make-A-Wish kids into the action.

Dec 17, 2014

Three Great Images from Animal Planet Wishes

Make-A-Wish Animal Planet
If you’re a regular Animal Planet viewer, you probably know there’s a show about nearly every creature on earth. We also have more than a few wish kids who want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims. With the help of Animal Planet and its stars, we’ve granted some incredible wishes that brought Make-A-Wish kids into the action.

A Wish Kid's Courage I Will Remember

Yangzi and his running blade
Now that my internship is coming to an end, I have had a series of thoughts flowing through my head. I loved my internship, and I am more than humbled and grateful to have worked here, but there is one story that will stick with me forever.

Dec 12, 2014

A Wish Kid's Courage I Will Remember

Yangzi and his running blade
Now that my internship is coming to an end, I have had a series of thoughts flowing through my head. I loved my internship, and I am more than humbled and grateful to have worked here, but there is one story that will stick with me forever.

Dec 10, 2014

Tell a Story With a Make-A-Wish T-Shirt

make-a-wish t-shirt
Every t-shirt tells a story. Whether it’s the story of your first marathon or visiting a landmark on the other side of the world, a t-shirt has a way of telling people something important and interesting about the person who wears it.

Dec 10, 2014

Tell a Story With a Make-A-Wish T-Shirt

make-a-wish t-shirt
Every t-shirt tells a story. Whether it’s the story of your first marathon or visiting a landmark on the other side of the world, a t-shirt has a way of telling people something important and interesting about the person who wears it.

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