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4 Wishes that Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2017

Just a few of the wishes that made us say "wow" in 2017.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Your imagination is running wild, we’ll bet.

That’s the beauty of the Make-A-Wish® mission. When a child is given the chance to make a wish, they can envision the impossible as possible. They can dream big, just as you would.

Dec 11, 2017

4 Wishes that Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2017

Just a few of the wishes that made us say "wow" in 2017.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Your imagination is running wild, we’ll bet.

That’s the beauty of the Make-A-Wish® mission. When a child is given the chance to make a wish, they can envision the impossible as possible. They can dream big, just as you would.

How a Day of Fighting Pirates Renews a Child's Strength

Leif wished to go to Hilton Head and fight pirates.
Leif is a shy but playful 5-year-old boy who loves to play make-believe. Through the pages of his favorite book series, “Okee Dokee,” he is able to join his favorite characters as they embark on voyages through time. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Wild West and down the Mississippi River, Leif is not confined to his hospital bed when he is immersed in his stories.

Dec 04, 2017

How a Day of Fighting Pirates Renews a Child's Strength

Leif wished to go to Hilton Head and fight pirates.
Leif is a shy but playful 5-year-old boy who loves to play make-believe. Through the pages of his favorite book series, “Okee Dokee,” he is able to join his favorite characters as they embark on voyages through time. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Wild West and down the Mississippi River, Leif is not confined to his hospital bed when he is immersed in his stories.

Wish to Have Recording Studio Helps Wesley Feel Free from Cancer

An 8-foot-tall inspirational graffiti mural decorates a corner of Wesley's recording studio.
Instead of a comfortable retreat, 13-year-old Wesley’s bedroom had become the place he associated with being stuck in bed, too sick to get out of the house. When it came time to choose a wish, Wesley knew he wanted to create a new space where he could find peace and escape his cancer diagnosis.

“I wish to have a video recording studio in my basement,” he told Make-A-Wish® Connecticut. “Somewhere I can make videos to share with my friends online.”

Nov 22, 2017

Wish to Have Recording Studio Helps Wesley Feel Free from Cancer

An 8-foot-tall inspirational graffiti mural decorates a corner of Wesley's recording studio.
Instead of a comfortable retreat, 13-year-old Wesley’s bedroom had become the place he associated with being stuck in bed, too sick to get out of the house. When it came time to choose a wish, Wesley knew he wanted to create a new space where he could find peace and escape his cancer diagnosis.

“I wish to have a video recording studio in my basement,” he told Make-A-Wish® Connecticut. “Somewhere I can make videos to share with my friends online.”

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Jimmy and Joanne met on his JetBlue wish flight to Turks and Caicos.
A wish come true creates strength, hope and transformation for wish kids and their families. But the power of a wish doesn’t always stop there.

On July 31, 2015, Jimmy’s wish to go to Turks and Caicos was granted. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, Jimmy’s upcoming wish trip served as a “bright light during a dark time.” Remarkably, Jimmy learned he was cancer-free just a few months before his wish was granted.

Nov 14, 2017

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Jimmy and Joanne met on his JetBlue wish flight to Turks and Caicos.
A wish come true creates strength, hope and transformation for wish kids and their families. But the power of a wish doesn’t always stop there.

On July 31, 2015, Jimmy’s wish to go to Turks and Caicos was granted. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, Jimmy’s upcoming wish trip served as a “bright light during a dark time.” Remarkably, Jimmy learned he was cancer-free just a few months before his wish was granted.

Playing Basketball with Dirk Nowitzki Helped Me Turn My Life Around

Anna's wish was to meet Dirk Nowitzki, power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
Most of her life, Anna has experienced headaches and dizzy spells. Doctors often speculated these were caused by stress or anxiety — perhaps even allergies. But in February 2016, Anna received a far more devastating diagnosis: She had a brain tumor. On Feb. 25, 2016, she endured six hours of life-saving brain surgery.

Nov 03, 2017

Playing Basketball with Dirk Nowitzki Helped Me Turn My Life Around

Anna's wish was to meet Dirk Nowitzki, power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
Most of her life, Anna has experienced headaches and dizzy spells. Doctors often speculated these were caused by stress or anxiety — perhaps even allergies. But in February 2016, Anna received a far more devastating diagnosis: She had a brain tumor. On Feb. 25, 2016, she endured six hours of life-saving brain surgery.

Meet Future Physician and Wish Kid Alexis - Part Three

Alexis
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and we thank our sponsor Bristol-Myers Squibb for its commitment to providing emotional support for cancer patients, like Alexis, whose wish is sponsored by the pharmaceutical company.

Sep 01, 2017

Meet Future Physician and Wish Kid Alexis - Part Three

Alexis
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and we thank our sponsor Bristol-Myers Squibb for its commitment to providing emotional support for cancer patients, like Alexis, whose wish is sponsored by the pharmaceutical company.

Meet Future Physician and Wish Kid Alexis - Part Two

Alexis
This week, we continue our blog series with Alexis, 14, who’s wish was to attend Oxford University’s Introduction to Medicine course. She takes us through her two weeks at the university—including a tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Aug 16, 2017

Meet Future Physician and Wish Kid Alexis - Part Two

Alexis
This week, we continue our blog series with Alexis, 14, who’s wish was to attend Oxford University’s Introduction to Medicine course. She takes us through her two weeks at the university—including a tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Meet Future Physician and Wish Kid Alexis

Make-A-Wish, Oxford, Alexis, Bristol-Myers Squibb
In the coming weeks, we’re going to feature blog posts from 14-year-old Alexis. Her wish is to attend the Introduction to Medicine course at Oxford University. She’s going to share thoughts about the wish that is now giving her a glimpse at her future.

Jun 29, 2017

Meet Future Physician and Wish Kid Alexis

Make-A-Wish, Oxford, Alexis, Bristol-Myers Squibb
In the coming weeks, we’re going to feature blog posts from 14-year-old Alexis. Her wish is to attend the Introduction to Medicine course at Oxford University. She’s going to share thoughts about the wish that is now giving her a glimpse at her future.

Jun 21, 2017

“It’s True. It’s All True” – How a Wish Changed a Skeptic’s Mind

Loreen Kelley, Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, Make-A-Wish
I love skeptical minds. They reject glib answers in search of truth. They question, they doubt, they investigate. And if you win a skeptic over? Well, you earn a smart, thoughtful advocate.

Jun 21, 2017

“It’s True. It’s All True” – How a Wish Changed a Skeptic’s Mind

Loreen Kelley, Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, Make-A-Wish
I love skeptical minds. They reject glib answers in search of truth. They question, they doubt, they investigate. And if you win a skeptic over? Well, you earn a smart, thoughtful advocate.

Jun 16, 2017

Stay Strong, Solve the Problem: The Differences in a Dad's Journey

Make-A-Wish Fathers Day
In my past life, prior to working at Make-A-Wish, I worked in online communications for Autism Speaks. As I was exposed to countless parents who were grappling with an autism diagnosis for their child, I noticed an interesting trend: Moms sought each other out; they posted to their Facebook profiles asking for advice. They poured their hearts out to each other, seeking solace in the community of their friends and family. Dads preferred to stand back. They would go online at night (typically after everyone in their household had gone to bed) and do countless hours of research. A new obstacle had presented itself in their life’s plan and it was up to them to solve it. Men are protectors and fixers.

Jun 16, 2017

Stay Strong, Solve the Problem: The Differences in a Dad's Journey

Make-A-Wish Fathers Day
In my past life, prior to working at Make-A-Wish, I worked in online communications for Autism Speaks. As I was exposed to countless parents who were grappling with an autism diagnosis for their child, I noticed an interesting trend: Moms sought each other out; they posted to their Facebook profiles asking for advice. They poured their hearts out to each other, seeking solace in the community of their friends and family. Dads preferred to stand back. They would go online at night (typically after everyone in their household had gone to bed) and do countless hours of research. A new obstacle had presented itself in their life’s plan and it was up to them to solve it. Men are protectors and fixers.

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