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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.

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.

‘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.

Out of the Archives: Super Bowl LII is Payoff After Wish Kid’s Hard Work

Dylan's wish to go to the Super Bowl was granted in 2018.
Dylan’s battle with cancer wasn’t tough only because of treatment. Although he always knew he had a strong chance of beating his illness, he was so often anxiously awaiting test results, making dreaded visits to doctors and specialists and missing out on high school activities he once loved that he felt hopeless. His wish to go to the Super Bowl in 2018 was his “celebration of being done with all of that.”

Jan 30, 2019

Out of the Archives: Super Bowl LII is Payoff After Wish Kid’s Hard Work

Dylan's wish to go to the Super Bowl was granted in 2018.
Dylan’s battle with cancer wasn’t tough only because of treatment. Although he always knew he had a strong chance of beating his illness, he was so often anxiously awaiting test results, making dreaded visits to doctors and specialists and missing out on high school activities he once loved that he felt hopeless. His wish to go to the Super Bowl in 2018 was his “celebration of being done with all of that.”

Volunteering: ‘It’s Simple, But It Stays with You for a Lifetime’

Emily wished to be a mermaid.
For some people, the ocean is a calming influence in times of stress. For wish kid Emily, 13, thoughts of floating lazily in calm, cool waters were often the only thing that would get her through long days in the hospital following one of her four surgeries to remove a large tumor in her brain.

Jan 14, 2019

Volunteering: ‘It’s Simple, But It Stays with You for a Lifetime’

Emily wished to be a mermaid.
For some people, the ocean is a calming influence in times of stress. For wish kid Emily, 13, thoughts of floating lazily in calm, cool waters were often the only thing that would get her through long days in the hospital following one of her four surgeries to remove a large tumor in her brain.

4 Wishes That Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2018

These four wishes made us say "wow" in 2019.
A wish brings new life to the passions, talents and hobbies of children who are battling critical illnesses. Every wish is tailored to its wish kid’s true personality and interests — and we are so often taken aback by the level of creativity, humility, joy, and community involvement that these wishes inspire. Here are just a few of those amazing wish moments from 2018.

Jan 07, 2019

4 Wishes That Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2018

These four wishes made us say "wow" in 2019.
A wish brings new life to the passions, talents and hobbies of children who are battling critical illnesses. Every wish is tailored to its wish kid’s true personality and interests — and we are so often taken aback by the level of creativity, humility, joy, and community involvement that these wishes inspire. Here are just a few of those amazing wish moments from 2018.

Transform Lives, One Santa Letter at a Time

Fendi wished to be famous in New York City
Today is National Believe Day! That means that Macy’s will DOUBLE its donation to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received today, up to $1M!

Dec 07, 2018

Transform Lives, One Santa Letter at a Time

Fendi wished to be famous in New York City
Today is National Believe Day! That means that Macy’s will DOUBLE its donation to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received today, up to $1M!

Zoo Adventure Brings Respite and Relaxation

Skyla wished to go to the San Diego Zoo
Although 3-year-old Skyla is battling kidney cancer, she has never let it deter her from fun activities with family and friends. When she isn’t painting, coloring or playing outside, she loves learning about new animals. Her fearless spirit and curiosity inspired her wish to visit one of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo.

Nov 19, 2018

Zoo Adventure Brings Respite and Relaxation

Skyla wished to go to the San Diego Zoo
Although 3-year-old Skyla is battling kidney cancer, she has never let it deter her from fun activities with family and friends. When she isn’t painting, coloring or playing outside, she loves learning about new animals. Her fearless spirit and curiosity inspired her wish to visit one of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo.

Thank you, BMS, for your support!

A wish helped Alexis believe in the impossible. This September, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we thank Bristol-Meyers Squibb for its charitable contribution totaling $2.5 million, helping us grant more than 170 wishes. Thanks to you, BMS, Alexis can dream again, and see the impossible as possible.

Sep 28, 2018

Thank you, BMS, for your support!

A wish helped Alexis believe in the impossible. This September, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we thank Bristol-Meyers Squibb for its charitable contribution totaling $2.5 million, helping us grant more than 170 wishes. Thanks to you, BMS, Alexis can dream again, and see the impossible as possible.

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