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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.

Thank You for Another Successful Year of #ShareYourEars!

Kellie of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma shares her Minnie Mouse ears alongside Pluto's dog ears, with a Facebook #ShareYourEars campaign frame.
Thank you, Disney, for hosting another incredible #ShareYourEars campaign! It was amazing to see all of the creative, fun and heartfelt posts roll in, all in support of our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Jan 09, 2018

Thank You for Another Successful Year of #ShareYourEars!

Kellie of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma shares her Minnie Mouse ears alongside Pluto's dog ears, with a Facebook #ShareYourEars campaign frame.
Thank you, Disney, for hosting another incredible #ShareYourEars campaign! It was amazing to see all of the creative, fun and heartfelt posts roll in, all in support of our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Three Surprising Ways to Donate to Make-A-Wish

The story of 13-year-old James’ wish to go to Hobbiton, New Zealand, where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed, was particularly instrumental in inspiring donations during a recent live Twitch charity stream.
If you’re looking for opportunities to start 2018 off charitably, Make-A-Wish® invites you to consider a variety of ways to help kids with critical illnesses.

Jan 05, 2018

Three Surprising Ways to Donate to Make-A-Wish

The story of 13-year-old James’ wish to go to Hobbiton, New Zealand, where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed, was particularly instrumental in inspiring donations during a recent live Twitch charity stream.
If you’re looking for opportunities to start 2018 off charitably, Make-A-Wish® invites you to consider a variety of ways to help kids 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.

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.”

Getting Your Kids Into Giving

Make-A-Wish, Tri-counties chapter, student volunteers
My heart melted the other day when my little cousin, Olivia, started a donation jar for Make-A-Wish. After watching a video about a young girl’s wish being granted, she was moved and ran to get her piggy bank right away. It was the very first time she had ever asked to donate her own money to a charitable cause.

Nov 18, 2016

Getting Your Kids Into Giving

Make-A-Wish, Tri-counties chapter, student volunteers
My heart melted the other day when my little cousin, Olivia, started a donation jar for Make-A-Wish. After watching a video about a young girl’s wish being granted, she was moved and ran to get her piggy bank right away. It was the very first time she had ever asked to donate her own money to a charitable cause.

Fundraising Ideas for the Holidays

Christmas Wish
Even in Arizona at Make-A-Wish America, it’s beginning to feel like fall. I can’t tell if it’s the cool, mid-70s degree weather, the pumpkins piled outside grocery stores, or just the assertion by the rest of the world that winter is coming, but I think it’s time to start breaking out the knitted sweaters.

Oct 28, 2015

Fundraising Ideas for the Holidays

Christmas Wish
Even in Arizona at Make-A-Wish America, it’s beginning to feel like fall. I can’t tell if it’s the cool, mid-70s degree weather, the pumpkins piled outside grocery stores, or just the assertion by the rest of the world that winter is coming, but I think it’s time to start breaking out the knitted sweaters.

The Climb

Sam Snowboarding Wish
There is something about climbing that has always made it the perfect metaphor for surmounting the insurmountable.

Oct 07, 2015

The Climb

Sam Snowboarding Wish
There is something about climbing that has always made it the perfect metaphor for surmounting the insurmountable.

Wish Wednesday: Zack Gives Amazing Gift To Make-A-Wish

I was proud to work for Make-A-Wish from day one. It’s a recognized organization with amazing people that does great things. Every day, I am excited to go to work because it is a chance to learn and do something different.

In 35 years, Make-A-Wish has granted over 260,000 wishes with the help of staff and supporters. I know of one former wish kid who has accomplished great things for Make-A-Wish in just three years.

Jul 22, 2015

Wish Wednesday: Zack Gives Amazing Gift To Make-A-Wish

I was proud to work for Make-A-Wish from day one. It’s a recognized organization with amazing people that does great things. Every day, I am excited to go to work because it is a chance to learn and do something different.

In 35 years, Make-A-Wish has granted over 260,000 wishes with the help of staff and supporters. I know of one former wish kid who has accomplished great things for Make-A-Wish in just three years.

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