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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.”

It Takes Muscle: Volunteers Are the Heart of Our Mission

Since National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, we’re sending out special thanks to our amazing volunteers who donate their time, skills and resources to children with critical illnesses.
Wishes take muscle – a collective force of doctors, donors and volunteers – all working together to make the seemingly impossible possible. And since National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, we’re sending out special thanks to our amazing volunteers who donate their time, skills and resources to children with critical illnesses. You are the heart of our mission.

Apr 13, 2018

It Takes Muscle: Volunteers Are the Heart of Our Mission

Since National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, we’re sending out special thanks to our amazing volunteers who donate their time, skills and resources to children with critical illnesses.
Wishes take muscle – a collective force of doctors, donors and volunteers – all working together to make the seemingly impossible possible. And since National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, we’re sending out special thanks to our amazing volunteers who donate their time, skills and resources to children with critical illnesses. You are the heart of our mission.

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.

Help Us Get Closer to Granting Wish of Every Eligible Child

Donovan wished to swim with dolphins.
March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, which acknowledges the more than 3 million Americans who have hemophilia and other rare bleeding disorders. A child with hemophilia A, who is between 2 ½ and 18 years old, may be eligible for a wish.

Mar 23, 2018

Help Us Get Closer to Granting Wish of Every Eligible Child

Donovan wished to swim with dolphins.
March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, which acknowledges the more than 3 million Americans who have hemophilia and other rare bleeding disorders. A child with hemophilia A, who is between 2 ½ and 18 years old, may be eligible for a wish.

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.

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.

Are You Bilingual? We Need Your Help!

One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.
One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish® is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.

Mar 02, 2018

Are You Bilingual? We Need Your Help!

One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.
One of our biggest needs at Make-A-Wish® is volunteers who are bilingual, who can serve as translators or interpreters for non-English-speaking wish families.

Hugs And Wishes: Couple Grows Stronger with Every Wish

Nick and Nikki have granted about 20 wishes together as a couple.
In honor of American Heart Month, 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 20, 2018

Hugs And Wishes: Couple Grows Stronger with Every Wish

Nick and Nikki have granted about 20 wishes together as a couple.
In honor of American Heart Month, 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: 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.

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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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