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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.

Nov 05, 2019

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 05, 2019

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.”

Zoo Adventure Brings Respite and Relaxation

Skyla wished to go to the San Diego Zoo
Although 3-year-old Skyla is battling kidney cancer, she has never let it deter her from fun activities with family and friends. When she isn’t painting, coloring or playing outside, she loves learning about new animals. Her fearless spirit and curiosity inspired her wish to visit one of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo.

Nov 05, 2019

Zoo Adventure Brings Respite and Relaxation

Skyla wished to go to the San Diego Zoo
Although 3-year-old Skyla is battling kidney cancer, she has never let it deter her from fun activities with family and friends. When she isn’t painting, coloring or playing outside, she loves learning about new animals. Her fearless spirit and curiosity inspired her wish to visit one of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo.

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Online Fundraiser Surpasses Goal Overnight

Mollie and Ryder
Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $18 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

May 28, 2019

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Online Fundraiser Surpasses Goal Overnight

Mollie and Ryder
Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $18 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Employees ‘Hooked’ on Wish Granting

Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $16 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Mar 26, 2019

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Employees ‘Hooked’ on Wish Granting

Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $16 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Students Can Raise Millions for Wish Kids

One shining example of success with the Kids For Wish Kids program is Make-A-Wish Colorado.
Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $16 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Mar 04, 2019

Wish Your Way Spotlight: Students Can Raise Millions for Wish Kids

One shining example of success with the Kids For Wish Kids program is Make-A-Wish Colorado.
Through the Wish Your Way program, people just like you have raised more than $16 million for Make-A-Wish® since 2017 through fundraisers that match their passions. We’re excited to highlight success stories of the students, families, corporations and others who independently and collectively support our mission – and they demonstrate just how easy it is to make wishes possible for children with critical illnesses. Warning: This article is likely to inspire you to start your own Wish Your Way fundraiser!

Hugs and Wishes: Trip of a Lifetime Leads to Love of Her Life

Michaela and Lachlan
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Feb 28, 2019

Hugs and Wishes: Trip of a Lifetime Leads to Love of Her Life

Michaela and Lachlan
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Hugs and Wishes: Couples That Grant Wishes Together, Transform Together

Dina and Nittin have been wish granters together for 18 years.
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Feb 22, 2019

Hugs and Wishes: Couples That Grant Wishes Together, Transform Together

Dina and Nittin have been wish granters together for 18 years.
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Hugs and Wishes: Shared Wish Experiences are ‘Key’ to Strong Relationship

Christina and Dustin are wish granters together.
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Feb 19, 2019

Hugs and Wishes: Shared Wish Experiences are ‘Key’ to Strong Relationship

Christina and Dustin are wish granters together.
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Hugs and Wishes: Lasting Wish Memories Spark an Instant Connection

Chelsey and Matt
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

Feb 14, 2019

Hugs and Wishes: Lasting Wish Memories Spark an Instant Connection

Chelsey and Matt
Love. It is at the core of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish pulls on the heartstrings of everyone involved. It has the power to transform the lives of wish kids, their families, volunteers, donors, doctors and anyone else involved. For the second consecutive year, we bring you our #HugsAndWishes series, a collection of love stories that start with, or circle back to, Make-A-Wish. Follow the series on Facebook and Twitter – and remember to #SpreadLove every day.

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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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