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How to Get Involved: A Look Inside One Wish Granter’s Experience

Morgan Kemp joined Make-A-Wish through her sorority, Chi Omega.
Make-A-Wish® offers an abundance of ways to get involved, and I am lucky enough to have experienced a few. Throughout my collegiate years at the University of Arizona, I was a part of Chi Omega, the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world, and also a sponsor of Make-A-Wish.

Oct 19, 2018

How to Get Involved: A Look Inside One Wish Granter’s Experience

Morgan Kemp joined Make-A-Wish through her sorority, Chi Omega.
Make-A-Wish® offers an abundance of ways to get involved, and I am lucky enough to have experienced a few. Throughout my collegiate years at the University of Arizona, I was a part of Chi Omega, the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world, and also a sponsor of Make-A-Wish.

Is Wish Granting a Huge Time Commitment? Short Answer: No

Morgan Kemp, second from left, became a wish granter in college.
Being in college teaches you a lot about time management and accomplishing the things you want to do. While I was busy with class, meetings, building friendships and improving my resume, I found joy in staying true to my values, and that was volunteering with Make-A-Wish® and transforming the lives of families in my community.

Oct 12, 2018

Is Wish Granting a Huge Time Commitment? Short Answer: No

Morgan Kemp, second from left, became a wish granter in college.
Being in college teaches you a lot about time management and accomplishing the things you want to do. While I was busy with class, meetings, building friendships and improving my resume, I found joy in staying true to my values, and that was volunteering with Make-A-Wish® and transforming the lives of families in my community.

Four Sea Wishes We Couldn't Wait to See

Cade's wish was a sea wish we couldn't wait to see.
Whether wishing to explore the underwater world through the eyes of sharks, fishing in Costa Rica waters, snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef or even swimming on the Bahamas coast with pigs – yes, pigs – Sea wishes are as unique as the children who wish for them.

Aug 30, 2018

Four Sea Wishes We Couldn't Wait to See

Cade's wish was a sea wish we couldn't wait to see.
Whether wishing to explore the underwater world through the eyes of sharks, fishing in Costa Rica waters, snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef or even swimming on the Bahamas coast with pigs – yes, pigs – Sea wishes are as unique as the children who wish for them.

Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Aug 24, 2018

Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Ready for a Land Adventure and It Feels Snow Good

Frankie wished to see snow
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

Aug 14, 2018

Ready for a Land Adventure and It Feels Snow Good

Frankie wished to see snow
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Editor’s note: Jimmy’s wish story was originally published to Wish Nation in November 2017. We caught up with Jimmy recently about how his wish transformed his life and the lives of others.

Jul 10, 2018

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Editor’s note: Jimmy’s wish story was originally published to Wish Nation in November 2017. We caught up with Jimmy recently about how his wish transformed his life and the lives of others.

Revolutionary War Re-Enactors Make Wish History

John's wish was to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War re-enactment
It was Patriots Day in Concord, Mass., a day typically celebrated with a parade and Revolutionary War re-enactment. But the weather was so rainy and windy that the day’s events were cancelled. John wasn’t sure what would happen next – he had already traveled across America, from Anchorage to Boston, to lead the day’s march because, according to him, “this is where it all began.”

Jul 02, 2018

Revolutionary War Re-Enactors Make Wish History

John's wish was to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War re-enactment
It was Patriots Day in Concord, Mass., a day typically celebrated with a parade and Revolutionary War re-enactment. But the weather was so rainy and windy that the day’s events were cancelled. John wasn’t sure what would happen next – he had already traveled across America, from Anchorage to Boston, to lead the day’s march because, according to him, “this is where it all began.”

Wish to be Mermaid Proves the Impossible Is Possible

Neva wished to be a mermaid.
Neva has no problem telling people she’s a cancer survivor. “She’ll tell them she punched it in the face,” Neva’s mom, Abby, says with as much passion as her little girl exudes. Neva turns 6 years old this month. “People listen to her because she is so young. She actually holds a conversation about her cancer journey.”

Apr 18, 2018

Wish to be Mermaid Proves the Impossible Is Possible

Neva wished to be a mermaid.
Neva has no problem telling people she’s a cancer survivor. “She’ll tell them she punched it in the face,” Neva’s mom, Abby, says with as much passion as her little girl exudes. Neva turns 6 years old this month. “People listen to her because she is so young. She actually holds a conversation about her cancer journey.”

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.

Apr 06, 2018

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.

This Doctor's Day, We Celebrate Physicians' Dedication to Wish Kids

Cindy, 8, I wish to be an ENT doctor, heart condition
March 30 is National Doctor's Day, and we’re taking a moment to honor the dedication of doctors in our community. Each year, thousands of physicians from across the country refer children to Make-A-Wish. They’re with wish kids during diagnosis and treatment. They often see kids and families at their lowest points … and they’re among the strongest advocates of the positive effect of wishes. Research* now shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes.

Mar 29, 2018

This Doctor's Day, We Celebrate Physicians' Dedication to Wish Kids

Cindy, 8, I wish to be an ENT doctor, heart condition
March 30 is National Doctor's Day, and we’re taking a moment to honor the dedication of doctors in our community. Each year, thousands of physicians from across the country refer children to Make-A-Wish. They’re with wish kids during diagnosis and treatment. They often see kids and families at their lowest points … and they’re among the strongest advocates of the positive effect of wishes. Research* now shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes.

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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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