Thirteen-year-old Isidro has big dreams to become an engineer. When he was diagnosed with cancer of the nervous system, he struggled to understand the inner workings of his condition. On the outside, he still felt like a vibrant kid, but on the inside, his body was fighting to stay strong. When deciding on what his one true wish would be, he chose something to propel his future. (Make-A-Wish...
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Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This may improve their quality of life and produce better health outcomes. (Make-A-Wish Minnesota)
When children are diagnosed with critical illnesses, parents often (unfairly) find themselves asking “what could I have done to avoid this?” Did you go through this after your child was diagnosed, and what advice would you now give to a family who is experiencing a new diagnosis, of any kind?
"When he returned from his wish it was like the depression was gone," shared Tim's mom, Tracy. "The wish helped build his self-esteem and he came home with an ‘I can and I will’ attitude. He came home feeling like he could do anything he set his mind to." (Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia)
Music can be therapeutic. The beats, rhythms, and melodies of songs create an escape unlike any other, exposing raw emotion and fostering hope. For many wish kids, music is an essential part of their lives, allowing them a chance to escape the pain of treatments for moments at a time. To wish kids, music is a powerful form of medicine, instrumental in their recovery process. And these two wish...
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Six-year-old Kylen's family heard about Make-A-Wish when his parents inquired about the possibility of a wish for him due to his life-threatening seizure disorder. His wish? A special service dog to help him through his many seizures. (Make-A-Wish Illinois)
A wish granted helps give children with critical illnesses the strength to keep fighting. These awe-inspiring wishes don’t just happen - it takes support from partners like Macy's to transform the lives of wish kids and their families. This year, Macy’s raised $9 million for Make-A-Wish through its Thanks for Sharing and Believe campaigns. Thanks, Macy’s, for your continued support and...
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Did you know studies have shown that volunteering may have positive effects on health, including reducing stress and boosting self-esteem? Give your kids a head start in 2018 with the Kids for Wish Kids program! (Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada)
Diagnosed with a severe digestive disorder, Caleb has had 43 surgeries since he was 27 weeks old. Caleb and his family had become used to worrying about matters related to his condition—doctors’ visits, treatments, trips to the hospital. But then wish granters walked into their lives with a mission: to grant Caleb’s one true wish. (Make-A-Wish Hawaii)