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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.

My Experience at Walk For Wishes

Walk for Wishes, Phoenix, 2016
Teams in matching shirts, makeup and tutus pass by my car window as I sit, scoping out the scene. In the few brief moments I’ve been here, I’ve already seen a wide variety of supporters, including moms with strollers, siblings racing back and forth, and dads with puppy-dogs in tow. Though it’s only 7:30 am – too early for this kind of excitement and too dark outside to keep my eyes open – I’m glad I came.

Oct 05, 2016

My Experience at Walk For Wishes

Walk for Wishes, Phoenix, 2016
Teams in matching shirts, makeup and tutus pass by my car window as I sit, scoping out the scene. In the few brief moments I’ve been here, I’ve already seen a wide variety of supporters, including moms with strollers, siblings racing back and forth, and dads with puppy-dogs in tow. Though it’s only 7:30 am – too early for this kind of excitement and too dark outside to keep my eyes open – I’m glad I came.

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.

Behind the Scenes of a Wish in Progress

whitney wish granter header
He was bed-ridden in his home, squeezed between a myriad of machines that helped him breathe and eat. He could barely speak – his throat and muscles were so sore. He managed to express that he wished to meet his favorite movie director before he fell back asleep, drained from all energy.

Aug 07, 2015

Behind the Scenes of a Wish in Progress

whitney wish granter header
He was bed-ridden in his home, squeezed between a myriad of machines that helped him breathe and eat. He could barely speak – his throat and muscles were so sore. He managed to express that he wished to meet his favorite movie director before he fell back asleep, drained from all energy.

Questions People Ask Me About Working at Make-A-Wish

Imagine you are a child. A child sitting in a hospital room. You are fighting an illness. You’ve had a few surgeries, maybe missing some school. One day, someone in a blue t-shirt comes to visit you, and tells you that your wish has just come true. You now have the power to wish for anything in the entire world. A trip, a puppy … anything.

How do you feel? Happy? Excited? For some children and their parents, this excitement over a wish does not come easily. Sometimes, it comes with mixed feelings, guilt and even sadness

Aug 05, 2015

Questions People Ask Me About Working at Make-A-Wish

Imagine you are a child. A child sitting in a hospital room. You are fighting an illness. You’ve had a few surgeries, maybe missing some school. One day, someone in a blue t-shirt comes to visit you, and tells you that your wish has just come true. You now have the power to wish for anything in the entire world. A trip, a puppy … anything.

How do you feel? Happy? Excited? For some children and their parents, this excitement over a wish does not come easily. Sometimes, it comes with mixed feelings, guilt and even sadness

A Surprise Unlike Any Other

ESPN Sportscenter "My Wish", WWE, John Cena, Triple H
KJ, a 7-year-old wish kid with a chronic renal condition, walks hand-in-hand with his mom into a local movie theater to catch a morning showing. He enters the theater and notices a surprising lack of people. Every seat he sees is empty … except for one. Sitting by himself is a man who KJ instantly recognizes, but never expected to see in person. It is none other than Paul Levesque, otherwise known as WWE® Superstar Triple H®.

Jul 17, 2015

A Surprise Unlike Any Other

ESPN Sportscenter "My Wish", WWE, John Cena, Triple H
KJ, a 7-year-old wish kid with a chronic renal condition, walks hand-in-hand with his mom into a local movie theater to catch a morning showing. He enters the theater and notices a surprising lack of people. Every seat he sees is empty … except for one. Sitting by himself is a man who KJ instantly recognizes, but never expected to see in person. It is none other than Paul Levesque, otherwise known as WWE® Superstar Triple H®.

Get Onboard the Give Wishes Wings Campaign

Delta Air Lines
When it comes to airplanes, I have the enthusiasm of a 7-year-old. I look forward to every flight I take – the longer, the better. I love the idea that I can wake up in Phoenix, sleep over the Pacific Ocean and wake up just before landing in Australia. And the aircraft themselves … to me, they’re graceful and elegant visions of industrial art. This is a huge part of what has me so excited about our Give Wishes Wings campaign.

Apr 14, 2015

Get Onboard the Give Wishes Wings Campaign

Delta Air Lines
When it comes to airplanes, I have the enthusiasm of a 7-year-old. I look forward to every flight I take – the longer, the better. I love the idea that I can wake up in Phoenix, sleep over the Pacific Ocean and wake up just before landing in Australia. And the aircraft themselves … to me, they’re graceful and elegant visions of industrial art. This is a huge part of what has me so excited about our Give Wishes Wings campaign.

Southwest Airlines Stars During Daniel's Wish

Southwest Airlines, Give Wishes Wings, Kelly, Daniel
What a grand time we had in Florida for Daniel’s Make-A-Wish trip!

Recently when I asked him what he remembered and what he enjoyed the most, I fully expected to hear something different than what I heard. I thought what would stick in his mind would be the theme parks or Give Kids the World Village; eating ice cream for breakfast or feeding alligators … do you know what he said first (and with great conviction)?

Apr 03, 2015

Southwest Airlines Stars During Daniel's Wish

Southwest Airlines, Give Wishes Wings, Kelly, Daniel
What a grand time we had in Florida for Daniel’s Make-A-Wish trip!

Recently when I asked him what he remembered and what he enjoyed the most, I fully expected to hear something different than what I heard. I thought what would stick in his mind would be the theme parks or Give Kids the World Village; eating ice cream for breakfast or feeding alligators … do you know what he said first (and with great conviction)?

Mar 06, 2015

Southwest Airlines Helps Give Wishes Wings

There’s a special kind of effort that goes into making a wish come true. Behind the scenes you’ll find Make-A-Wish staff members, volunteers and sponsors working hard to put countless details together – all in the name of making one child’s wish come true. What looks like a perfectly executed event on the day of the wish probably took months of planning. Many people don’t realize all of the work that goes on “backstage” at Make-A-Wish, so I’d love to feature just one piece.

Mar 06, 2015

Southwest Airlines Helps Give Wishes Wings

There’s a special kind of effort that goes into making a wish come true. Behind the scenes you’ll find Make-A-Wish staff members, volunteers and sponsors working hard to put countless details together – all in the name of making one child’s wish come true. What looks like a perfectly executed event on the day of the wish probably took months of planning. Many people don’t realize all of the work that goes on “backstage” at Make-A-Wish, so I’d love to feature just one piece.

Making Memories for a Community

What are memories? How do we remember things? If you ask a neurologist how a memory becomes encoded in someone’s brain, you'll learn that an event causes an electrical and chemical reaction of sufficient magnitude in the hippocampus that it builds a set of proteins at a neural synapse. However, kids don’t think like that. They might say a memory is made by going to the circus, dancing with a pop star or flying a helicopter. If you ask a certain 7-year-old with leukemia, you might hear something completely unexpected – that her greatest memory comes from being an art teacher.

Jan 07, 2015

Making Memories for a Community

What are memories? How do we remember things? If you ask a neurologist how a memory becomes encoded in someone’s brain, you'll learn that an event causes an electrical and chemical reaction of sufficient magnitude in the hippocampus that it builds a set of proteins at a neural synapse. However, kids don’t think like that. They might say a memory is made by going to the circus, dancing with a pop star or flying a helicopter. If you ask a certain 7-year-old with leukemia, you might hear something completely unexpected – that her greatest memory comes from being an art teacher.

About this Blog

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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