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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.

Thank You for Another Successful Year of #ShareYourEars!

Kellie of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma shares her Minnie Mouse ears alongside Pluto's dog ears, with a Facebook #ShareYourEars campaign frame.
Thank you, Disney, for hosting another incredible #ShareYourEars campaign! It was amazing to see all of the creative, fun and heartfelt posts roll in, all in support of our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Jan 09, 2018

Thank You for Another Successful Year of #ShareYourEars!

Kellie of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma shares her Minnie Mouse ears alongside Pluto's dog ears, with a Facebook #ShareYourEars campaign frame.
Thank you, Disney, for hosting another incredible #ShareYourEars campaign! It was amazing to see all of the creative, fun and heartfelt posts roll in, all in support of our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Three Surprising Ways to Donate to Make-A-Wish

The story of 13-year-old James’ wish to go to Hobbiton, New Zealand, where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed, was particularly instrumental in inspiring donations during a recent live Twitch charity stream.
If you’re looking for opportunities to start 2018 off charitably, Make-A-Wish® invites you to consider a variety of ways to help kids with critical illnesses.

Jan 05, 2018

Three Surprising Ways to Donate to Make-A-Wish

The story of 13-year-old James’ wish to go to Hobbiton, New Zealand, where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed, was particularly instrumental in inspiring donations during a recent live Twitch charity stream.
If you’re looking for opportunities to start 2018 off charitably, Make-A-Wish® invites you to consider a variety of ways to help kids 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.

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.”

Why Volunteers Matter

Alby, volunteers, impact, pirate
Alby went for months without walking. He got all his nourishment through a feeding tube. His mother, Barbara, says there were days “he would beg me to let him die.”

Sep 25, 2015

Why Volunteers Matter

Alby, volunteers, impact, pirate
Alby went for months without walking. He got all his nourishment through a feeding tube. His mother, Barbara, says there were days “he would beg me to let him die.”

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