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Wish Gives Teen Strength to Fight for Healthier Future

Mara, while on her wish to go to Alaska, has found a new perspective of experiencing life beyond illness.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare immunodeficiency disorder that sent me to the hospital 10 times in one year. I was in so much pain every day that I struggled to climb the stairs to my room, a far cry from the 16-mile marathon training days I was doing two months prior. I began to lose hope and give up on the things that once gave me so much joy in my life.

Mar 16, 2018

Wish Gives Teen Strength to Fight for Healthier Future

Mara, while on her wish to go to Alaska, has found a new perspective of experiencing life beyond illness.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare immunodeficiency disorder that sent me to the hospital 10 times in one year. I was in so much pain every day that I struggled to climb the stairs to my room, a far cry from the 16-mile marathon training days I was doing two months prior. I began to lose hope and give up on the things that once gave me so much joy in my life.

A Wish Is More Than Nice. It's Necessary.

For a child with a critical illness, a wish can provide happiness, hope and a sense that the impossible is possible.

I have the honor of being a social worker at a children’s hospital in Charlotte, N.C. I work with wish kids – or, as I like to call them, little heroes – every day. The kids I work with are often living with critical illnesses that they’ll endure their entire lives, such as Diamond Blackfan anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders. There are no cures for these diseases.

Mar 09, 2018

A Wish Is More Than Nice. It's Necessary.

For a child with a critical illness, a wish can provide happiness, hope and a sense that the impossible is possible.

I have the honor of being a social worker at a children’s hospital in Charlotte, N.C. I work with wish kids – or, as I like to call them, little heroes – every day. The kids I work with are often living with critical illnesses that they’ll endure their entire lives, such as Diamond Blackfan anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders. There are no cures for these diseases.

Hugs And Wishes: One Child’s Wish Becomes an Entire Family’s Legacy

Judy, third from left, and her husband, Ed, granted Parker's wish to see snow when he was 5.
In honor of American Heart Month and the week of Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Feb 15, 2018

Hugs And Wishes: One Child’s Wish Becomes an Entire Family’s Legacy

Judy, third from left, and her husband, Ed, granted Parker's wish to see snow when he was 5.
In honor of American Heart Month and the week of Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Hugs And Wishes: Wish Dad, Son Find Love in Wish Granter

Natalie was Austen's wish granter. She later married his dad, Brandon.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Feb 14, 2018

Hugs And Wishes: Wish Dad, Son Find Love in Wish Granter

Natalie was Austen's wish granter. She later married his dad, Brandon.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters to the devotion of wish families to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Hugs and Wishes: Couple Finds Their Future Through Make-A-Wish Past

Joel and Shae both have a connection with Make-A-Wish that dates back to their childhoods.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters, to the devotion of wish families, to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Feb 13, 2018

Hugs and Wishes: Couple Finds Their Future Through Make-A-Wish Past

Joel and Shae both have a connection with Make-A-Wish that dates back to their childhoods.
In honor of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, we give you #HugsAndWishes, a collection of love stories that started with Make-A-Wish. After all, the power of a wish lies in love. From the meticulous care of our wish granters, to the devotion of wish families, to the dedication of our valuable supporters, we are all striving toward one goal: To grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Sharing the Love: Wish Trip Unites Friends Who Share Same Illness

While in Atlantis, BrieAnn enjoyed Dolphin Cay, one of the largest marine habitats in the world.
BrieAnn is a 9-year-old from Milton, Wis., who’s living with a progressive colonic pseudo disorder. She loves to run, ride her bike, play with her brother, swim and look for sea shells.

Dec 20, 2017

Sharing the Love: Wish Trip Unites Friends Who Share Same Illness

While in Atlantis, BrieAnn enjoyed Dolphin Cay, one of the largest marine habitats in the world.
BrieAnn is a 9-year-old from Milton, Wis., who’s living with a progressive colonic pseudo disorder. She loves to run, ride her bike, play with her brother, swim and look for sea shells.

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.

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.

Alex’s Change Starts with Doctor’s Referral

alex hawaii guest blogger
Today, wish kid Alex is our featured guest blogger. See how she faced an unexpected challenge - and a huge boost of optimism thanks to her doctor's referral to Make-A-Wish!

Aug 27, 2015

Alex’s Change Starts with Doctor’s Referral

alex hawaii guest blogger
Today, wish kid Alex is our featured guest blogger. See how she faced an unexpected challenge - and a huge boost of optimism thanks to her doctor's referral to Make-A-Wish!

Wish Wednesday: Reflections on Italy

David goes to Italy
As my time at Make-A-Wish draws to a close, I'd like to reflect on one last wish. I've written before about which wishes have been interesting, special or exciting to me – it's not an easy task. There are so many wishes and they're all unique, which makes picking favorites hard. Whenever I think I've found one, another pops into my mind. That being said, I think for my last Wish Wednesday I am confident in picking one last memorable wish.

May 06, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Reflections on Italy

David goes to Italy
As my time at Make-A-Wish draws to a close, I'd like to reflect on one last wish. I've written before about which wishes have been interesting, special or exciting to me – it's not an easy task. There are so many wishes and they're all unique, which makes picking favorites hard. Whenever I think I've found one, another pops into my mind. That being said, I think for my last Wish Wednesday I am confident in picking one last memorable wish.

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Wish Nation gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish®. See how wishes come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or those who have been transformed by a wish. And learn why we are so committed to someday granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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