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From the Daily Heaviness to a Spark of Optimism

Henry Rollins, Make-A-Wish, optimism, Nate
“His face is always so clouded and guarded normally ...”

May 12, 2017

From the Daily Heaviness to a Spark of Optimism

Henry Rollins, Make-A-Wish, optimism, Nate
“His face is always so clouded and guarded normally ...”

May 05, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 3

Arianalynn, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, Mo'orea trip
Wish kids have one thing in common no matter what their age: the impact of their wish experience. Whether it is collecting a fancy 1800s wardrobe or traveling to the island of Mo’orea, wishes provide a chance to relax and motivation to look forward to a bright future.

May 05, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 3

Arianalynn, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, Mo'orea trip
Wish kids have one thing in common no matter what their age: the impact of their wish experience. Whether it is collecting a fancy 1800s wardrobe or traveling to the island of Mo’orea, wishes provide a chance to relax and motivation to look forward to a bright future.

Apr 21, 2017

Animal Wishes Bring Joy to Wish Kids

Caden, safari, Make-A-Wish Central New York
Six-year-old Alexis knows the happiness that animals can bring when life goes wrong. In her treatments for Wilms tumor, her family’s dog, Paco, always stayed by her side to comfort her. However, when Paco developed cancer, he had to be put down, and Alexis found herself wanting another furry friend in her life.

Apr 21, 2017

Animal Wishes Bring Joy to Wish Kids

Caden, safari, Make-A-Wish Central New York
Six-year-old Alexis knows the happiness that animals can bring when life goes wrong. In her treatments for Wilms tumor, her family’s dog, Paco, always stayed by her side to comfort her. However, when Paco developed cancer, he had to be put down, and Alexis found herself wanting another furry friend in her life.

Fighting the Emotional Effect of Illness with a Wish

Anderson, Twenty One Pilots, Metro New York and Western New York, Make-A-Wish
There’s a side to being diagnosed with a serious illness that not many people discuss – and that’s the emotional side. We talk about the medicine and therapy that combats the illness while the psychological effects often make us too uncomfortable.

Apr 13, 2017

Fighting the Emotional Effect of Illness with a Wish

Anderson, Twenty One Pilots, Metro New York and Western New York, Make-A-Wish
There’s a side to being diagnosed with a serious illness that not many people discuss – and that’s the emotional side. We talk about the medicine and therapy that combats the illness while the psychological effects often make us too uncomfortable.

Apr 07, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 2

Kallie, Make-A-Wish South Dakota, Hawaii
Each wish kid has a unique medical journey and set of circumstances that brought them to Make-A-Wish. And from a bug safari to a trip to Athens, the wish possibilities are endless.

Apr 07, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 2

Kallie, Make-A-Wish South Dakota, Hawaii
Each wish kid has a unique medical journey and set of circumstances that brought them to Make-A-Wish. And from a bug safari to a trip to Athens, the wish possibilities are endless.

Mar 24, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 1

Jaxston, Make-A-Wish Hawaii
How do I feel less lonely, more connected and more in charge of my own future? These are common worries that wish kids express, regardless of age. And I’d venture a guess that you have asked yourself at least one of these questions in your own life, even if you’ve never been seriously ill.

Mar 24, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 1

Jaxston, Make-A-Wish Hawaii
How do I feel less lonely, more connected and more in charge of my own future? These are common worries that wish kids express, regardless of age. And I’d venture a guess that you have asked yourself at least one of these questions in your own life, even if you’ve never been seriously ill.

12 Things You Might Not Know About Make-A-Wish

Brody
Make-A-Wish has been going strong since the early ‘80s, but there’s a lot the general public still doesn’t know about how we operate. For example, do you know our biggest wish granter? Our most popular type of wish? Our first wish kid?

Mar 17, 2017

12 Things You Might Not Know About Make-A-Wish

Brody
Make-A-Wish has been going strong since the early ‘80s, but there’s a lot the general public still doesn’t know about how we operate. For example, do you know our biggest wish granter? Our most popular type of wish? Our first wish kid?

Mar 13, 2017

Medical Technology Helps Keep Traveling Wish Kids Safe

medical form, stethoscope, Pixabay
When Make-A-Wish patients travel to their wish destinations, they rarely bring their medical images with them, putting them at increased risk, exposing them to additional radiation, and making it harder for physicians to treat them. As a pediatric critical care physician working at an Orlando trauma hospital, I treat many wish children. We’re now using cloud-based medical image sharing to help families and their physicians coordinate safe trips and perpetuate the mission of Make-A-Wish.

Mar 13, 2017

Medical Technology Helps Keep Traveling Wish Kids Safe

medical form, stethoscope, Pixabay
When Make-A-Wish patients travel to their wish destinations, they rarely bring their medical images with them, putting them at increased risk, exposing them to additional radiation, and making it harder for physicians to treat them. As a pediatric critical care physician working at an Orlando trauma hospital, I treat many wish children. We’re now using cloud-based medical image sharing to help families and their physicians coordinate safe trips and perpetuate the mission of Make-A-Wish.

From Cinematographer to Wish Granter

Linda and Chris the day he received his uniform and wings.
Ever since I heard about how Make-A-Wish was formed, it has always seemed more like fiction than truth. The plot was too unfair - a 7-year-old boy knew that his illness would soon take his life. The characters were too good - friends who worked together to give one day of hope to a mother and her son. But it's real. All of it. Kenny Yanga, a cinematographer and editor with Relentless, Inc., can tell you for certain because he met the people whose actions have impacted the lives of millions of others all around the world.

Feb 27, 2017

From Cinematographer to Wish Granter

Linda and Chris the day he received his uniform and wings.
Ever since I heard about how Make-A-Wish was formed, it has always seemed more like fiction than truth. The plot was too unfair - a 7-year-old boy knew that his illness would soon take his life. The characters were too good - friends who worked together to give one day of hope to a mother and her son. But it's real. All of it. Kenny Yanga, a cinematographer and editor with Relentless, Inc., can tell you for certain because he met the people whose actions have impacted the lives of millions of others all around the world.

4 Wish Kids Who Love Science

Delilah, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, scuba diving
Delilah coasts through the water, her flippers propelling her forward. Colorful fish and coral pass beneath her as she concentrates on breathing through her regulator. Being submerged in the water feels like seeing the world for the first time. It’s a little nerve-wracking, but she knows that she has Steve right beside her to show her what to do.

Feb 03, 2017

4 Wish Kids Who Love Science

Delilah, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, scuba diving
Delilah coasts through the water, her flippers propelling her forward. Colorful fish and coral pass beneath her as she concentrates on breathing through her regulator. Being submerged in the water feels like seeing the world for the first time. It’s a little nerve-wracking, but she knows that she has Steve right beside her to show her what to do.

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