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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.

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.

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.

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.

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Jimmy and Joanne met on his JetBlue wish flight to Turks and Caicos.
A wish come true creates strength, hope and transformation for wish kids and their families. But the power of a wish doesn’t always stop there.

On July 31, 2015, Jimmy’s wish to go to Turks and Caicos was granted. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, Jimmy’s upcoming wish trip served as a “bright light during a dark time.” Remarkably, Jimmy learned he was cancer-free just a few months before his wish was granted.

Nov 14, 2017

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Jimmy and Joanne met on his JetBlue wish flight to Turks and Caicos.
A wish come true creates strength, hope and transformation for wish kids and their families. But the power of a wish doesn’t always stop there.

On July 31, 2015, Jimmy’s wish to go to Turks and Caicos was granted. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, Jimmy’s upcoming wish trip served as a “bright light during a dark time.” Remarkably, Jimmy learned he was cancer-free just a few months before his wish was granted.

Alex’s Change Starts with Doctor’s Referral

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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: Five Wishes To Celebrate Earth Day

Since its inception in the U.S. in 1970 and its global debut in 1990, Earth Day has encouraged millions of people to become interested and devoted to environmentalism. Going green, reducing, reusing and recycling have all become mantras in the lives of children across the world, leading to conscientious interaction with the environment. Loving the planet is something that affects wish kids, too. Dozens of wish kids have wished to do something related to the earth or the environment. Here are five wishes to celebrate Earth Day.

Apr 22, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Five Wishes To Celebrate Earth Day

Since its inception in the U.S. in 1970 and its global debut in 1990, Earth Day has encouraged millions of people to become interested and devoted to environmentalism. Going green, reducing, reusing and recycling have all become mantras in the lives of children across the world, leading to conscientious interaction with the environment. Loving the planet is something that affects wish kids, too. Dozens of wish kids have wished to do something related to the earth or the environment. Here are five wishes to celebrate Earth Day.

Nearly 15 Years Later, Alexander’s Wish Still Impacts His Life

There is just no better news than finding out a wish kid has overcome an illness to go on to better things in life. We have many stories of wish kids who are now parents, in college or working in their dream career. We just got a great update about Alexander and his life since his wish.

Mar 25, 2015

Nearly 15 Years Later, Alexander’s Wish Still Impacts His Life

There is just no better news than finding out a wish kid has overcome an illness to go on to better things in life. We have many stories of wish kids who are now parents, in college or working in their dream career. We just got a great update about Alexander and his life since his wish.

Wish Kid Ryan Stars in Subaru "Share the Love" Commercial

Subaru Share the Love Ryan commercial
Wish mom Patrice is today's Wish Nation guest writer. We hope you enjoy her story about her son, Ryan, starring in the Subaru "Share the Love" commercial.

Nov 25, 2014

Wish Kid Ryan Stars in Subaru "Share the Love" Commercial

Subaru Share the Love Ryan commercial
Wish mom Patrice is today's Wish Nation guest writer. We hope you enjoy her story about her son, Ryan, starring in the Subaru "Share the Love" commercial.

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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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