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Actress Vanessa Bayer Reflects on Her Wish 20 Years Later

Vanessa Bayer
When actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer meets wish kids, she has more in common with them than they might realize. Vanessa battled leukemia as a teenager, and in 1999, she, too, had a life-changing wish granted. Now, she’s written a children’s book with advice for kids and their families about how to support a friend with a critical illness. Vanessa talks with Make-A-Wish® America about how her wish still has an impact on her 20 years later.

Jun 04, 2019

Actress Vanessa Bayer Reflects on Her Wish 20 Years Later

Vanessa Bayer
When actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer meets wish kids, she has more in common with them than they might realize. Vanessa battled leukemia as a teenager, and in 1999, she, too, had a life-changing wish granted. Now, she’s written a children’s book with advice for kids and their families about how to support a friend with a critical illness. Vanessa talks with Make-A-Wish® America about how her wish still has an impact on her 20 years later.

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Online Fundraiser Surpasses Goal Overnight

Mollie and Ryder
Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $18 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

May 28, 2019

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Online Fundraiser Surpasses Goal Overnight

Mollie and Ryder
Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $18 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

My Daughter's Wish Helped Her Find A New Dream

Wish Kid Anna and her mom, Stephanie
When my daughter, Anna, was 12 years old, she was complaining of a headache every day. Doctors repeatedly told her it was nothing severe; that simple Advil and rest would help. Then, an appendix rupture sent her to the ER. While in the hospital, Anna started complaining of constant pain, numbness and tingling. No one could give us answers.

May 13, 2019

My Daughter's Wish Helped Her Find A New Dream

Wish Kid Anna and her mom, Stephanie
When my daughter, Anna, was 12 years old, she was complaining of a headache every day. Doctors repeatedly told her it was nothing severe; that simple Advil and rest would help. Then, an appendix rupture sent her to the ER. While in the hospital, Anna started complaining of constant pain, numbness and tingling. No one could give us answers.

Meet the Wish Kid Behind the Song in Our New PSA

Kara in the recording studio.
For wish kid Kara Kuper, music provided therapy amidst an uncertain and scary time of battling leukemia. Writing her own songs and playing them on her ukulele was something that helped her cope with her illness.

Apr 15, 2019

Meet the Wish Kid Behind the Song in Our New PSA

Kara in the recording studio.
For wish kid Kara Kuper, music provided therapy amidst an uncertain and scary time of battling leukemia. Writing her own songs and playing them on her ukulele was something that helped her cope with her illness.

‘My Wish Was the Start of Something’

Ezra is a volunteer firefighter today.
For children battling a critical illness, a wish-come-true can be a turning point in their lives. It can give them the emotional and physical strength to keep going – to fight harder against their illness. Ezra is proof that a wish encourages a child to focus on the possibilities of tomorrow and not on the challenges of today.

Apr 08, 2019

‘My Wish Was the Start of Something’

Ezra is a volunteer firefighter today.
For children battling a critical illness, a wish-come-true can be a turning point in their lives. It can give them the emotional and physical strength to keep going – to fight harder against their illness. Ezra is proof that a wish encourages a child to focus on the possibilities of tomorrow and not on the challenges of today.

Meet Our World Wish Day® 2019 Stars

In honor of World Wish Day on April 29, join us as we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes that have been granted and the thousands still to come. As part of our celebration, we are thrilled to release our new PSA, featuring our 2019 World Wish Day stars, who are proof of what so many wish kids and families already know: Where there’s a wish, there’s a way.

Apr 03, 2019

Meet Our World Wish Day® 2019 Stars

In honor of World Wish Day on April 29, join us as we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes that have been granted and the thousands still to come. As part of our celebration, we are thrilled to release our new PSA, featuring our 2019 World Wish Day stars, who are proof of what so many wish kids and families already know: Where there’s a wish, there’s a way.

5 Reasons to Intern at Make-A-Wish®

If you’re looking for an internship that leaves you feeling fulfilled, purposeful and happy, Make-A-Wish is it.
Starting a new job can be intimidating. But any anxiety I had coming into my Summer 2018 internship at Make-A-Wish was quickly expelled on my first day. It only took a brief tour around the office to learn that people here love to laugh and do their jobs well.

If you’re looking for a workplace that leaves you feeling fulfilled, purposeful and happy, Make-A-Wish is it. There are many reasons I loved interning at the National Office in Phoenix, but I know you’re very busy, so I’ll keep it to my top five.

Mar 27, 2019

5 Reasons to Intern at Make-A-Wish®

If you’re looking for an internship that leaves you feeling fulfilled, purposeful and happy, Make-A-Wish is it.
Starting a new job can be intimidating. But any anxiety I had coming into my Summer 2018 internship at Make-A-Wish was quickly expelled on my first day. It only took a brief tour around the office to learn that people here love to laugh and do their jobs well.

If you’re looking for a workplace that leaves you feeling fulfilled, purposeful and happy, Make-A-Wish is it. There are many reasons I loved interning at the National Office in Phoenix, but I know you’re very busy, so I’ll keep it to my top five.

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Employees ‘Hooked’ on Wish Granting

Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $16 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Mar 26, 2019

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Employees ‘Hooked’ on Wish Granting

Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $16 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Inspired People: Meet Haris

Haris
The faces behind the mission at Make-A-Wish® America make up a group of diverse people working together toward a common goal: to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our dynamic, inspired culture centers around five core values: child focus, integrity, impact, innovation and community. In our #InspiredPeople series, we highlight exceptional employees who exemplify these values and work hard to help us get closer to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. Meet Haris.

Mar 25, 2019

Inspired People: Meet Haris

Haris
The faces behind the mission at Make-A-Wish® America make up a group of diverse people working together toward a common goal: to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our dynamic, inspired culture centers around five core values: child focus, integrity, impact, innovation and community. In our #InspiredPeople series, we highlight exceptional employees who exemplify these values and work hard to help us get closer to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. Meet Haris.

Inspired People: Meet Jenny

Jenny is a project manager at Make-A-Wish America.
The faces behind the mission at Make-A-Wish® America make up a group of diverse people working together toward a common goal: to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our dynamic, inspired culture centers around five core values: child focus, integrity, impact, innovation and community. In our #InspiredPeople series, we highlight exceptional employees who exemplify these values and work hard to help us get closer to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. Meet Jenny.

Mar 08, 2019

Inspired People: Meet Jenny

Jenny is a project manager at Make-A-Wish America.
The faces behind the mission at Make-A-Wish® America make up a group of diverse people working together toward a common goal: to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our dynamic, inspired culture centers around five core values: child focus, integrity, impact, innovation and community. In our #InspiredPeople series, we highlight exceptional employees who exemplify these values and work hard to help us get closer to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. Meet Jenny.

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