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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.

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.”

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.

You Can't Take a Wish Away

You can't take a wish away
There is no warehouse of wishes that can go out of stock if too many people order them. And they don’t require some children to sacrifice for others.

Mar 25, 2016

You Can't Take a Wish Away

You can't take a wish away
There is no warehouse of wishes that can go out of stock if too many people order them. And they don’t require some children to sacrifice for others.

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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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