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Oct 11, 2017

From Hospital Beds to Football Fields: A’Niah’s Inspiring Wish Journey

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So, when A'Niah was first admitted to the local hospital, I thought she just had a severe stomach bug. She was walking and talking when we got to the hospital. Within hours she was no longer responsive and was being flown to Hershey Medical Center. Within minutes of arriving at the hospital, A'Niah began to seize, which led her going into cardiac arrest for 38 minutes. The doctors said they had never given anyone CPR for that long. She was not expected to live through the night.

Oct 11, 2017

From Hospital Beds to Football Fields: A’Niah’s Inspiring Wish Journey

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So, when A'Niah was first admitted to the local hospital, I thought she just had a severe stomach bug. She was walking and talking when we got to the hospital. Within hours she was no longer responsive and was being flown to Hershey Medical Center. Within minutes of arriving at the hospital, A'Niah began to seize, which led her going into cardiac arrest for 38 minutes. The doctors said they had never given anyone CPR for that long. She was not expected to live through the night.

Aug 08, 2017

Happiness Happens Day

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Today marks the celebration of Happiness Happens Day! Whether it’s a simple smile or a gut-bursting giggle, it’s important to let happiness happen!

Aug 08, 2017

Happiness Happens Day

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Today marks the celebration of Happiness Happens Day! Whether it’s a simple smile or a gut-bursting giggle, it’s important to let happiness happen!

Jun 30, 2017

World Social Media Day

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Whether you send a tweet on Twitter, update your status on Facebook, share a photo on Instagram or upload a video to YouTube, June 30th marks the day to celebrate World Social Media Day!

Jun 30, 2017

World Social Media Day

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Whether you send a tweet on Twitter, update your status on Facebook, share a photo on Instagram or upload a video to YouTube, June 30th marks the day to celebrate World Social Media Day!

A Wish Story from a Wish Dad for Father's Day

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Our daughter Madelina “Mina” was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November of 2014 at 23 months of age. She endured four back-to-back rounds of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, from November of 2014 through April of 2015. We found out that Madelina qualified for a wish through our social worker at Children’s.

Jun 18, 2017

A Wish Story from a Wish Dad for Father's Day

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Our daughter Madelina “Mina” was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November of 2014 at 23 months of age. She endured four back-to-back rounds of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, from November of 2014 through April of 2015. We found out that Madelina qualified for a wish through our social worker at Children’s.

Spreading Joy with Austin

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When I think about Make-A-Wish®, I think about how happy a wish can make a child who is going through a tough time in their lives. I have known about Make-A-Wish for as long as I can remember, but I never understood how important this organization was until I experienced it firsthand. When I was hired at my local Target store in 2014, I never imagined something like this would happen.

Jun 08, 2017

Spreading Joy with Austin

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When I think about Make-A-Wish®, I think about how happy a wish can make a child who is going through a tough time in their lives. I have known about Make-A-Wish for as long as I can remember, but I never understood how important this organization was until I experienced it firsthand. When I was hired at my local Target store in 2014, I never imagined something like this would happen.

May 14, 2017

A Wish Mom's Message for Mother's Day

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we would like to share with you a testimonial from one of our wish moms, Colleen. Colleen and her husband are the proud parents of six children, one daughter and five sons living in Moon Township, PA.

May 14, 2017

A Wish Mom's Message for Mother's Day

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we would like to share with you a testimonial from one of our wish moms, Colleen. Colleen and her husband are the proud parents of six children, one daughter and five sons living in Moon Township, PA.

A Wish Revealed—Annabelle's Adventure

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Just a week ago, Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia teamed up with Eldridge Communications, TCC, Verizon Authorized Retailer and Culture of Good to take wish kid Annabelle and her family on an adventure throughout Pittsburgh -- via the Culture of Good bus -- that ultimately led to the reveal of Annabelle's most heartfelt wish, a tropical cruise.

Mar 06, 2017

A Wish Revealed—Annabelle's Adventure

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Just a week ago, Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia teamed up with Eldridge Communications, TCC, Verizon Authorized Retailer and Culture of Good to take wish kid Annabelle and her family on an adventure throughout Pittsburgh -- via the Culture of Good bus -- that ultimately led to the reveal of Annabelle's most heartfelt wish, a tropical cruise.

National Tell A Fairytale Day

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Not all fairytales are in books and movies, with a little bit of magic, anything can be possible. In honor of National Tell A Fairytale Day, we would like to share these wonderfully whimsical wishes of our wish kids.

Feb 26, 2017

National Tell A Fairytale Day

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Not all fairytales are in books and movies, with a little bit of magic, anything can be possible. In honor of National Tell A Fairytale Day, we would like to share these wonderfully whimsical wishes of our wish kids.

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a special time for friends and family to come together and look back on everything they are thankful for. Although many of our wish kids and families are faced with the challenge and stress of living with a life-threatening medical condition, they are still very thankful for the memories and moments their wish has brought them.

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a special time for friends and family to come together and look back on everything they are thankful for. Although many of our wish kids and families are faced with the challenge and stress of living with a life-threatening medical condition, they are still very thankful for the memories and moments their wish has brought them.

Aug 18, 2016

Paige's Aloha State Wish

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Since I’ve first started at Make-A-Wish®, I have had the wonderful privilege to see amazing wish stories, spectacular photos and thoughtful letters of gratitude from our kiddos. Just recently, we received a very enlightening letter from our wish kid, Paige. This 16-year-old of Scott Township, PA, was granted her wish to visit the Aloha State in July.

Aug 18, 2016

Paige's Aloha State Wish

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Since I’ve first started at Make-A-Wish®, I have had the wonderful privilege to see amazing wish stories, spectacular photos and thoughtful letters of gratitude from our kiddos. Just recently, we received a very enlightening letter from our wish kid, Paige. This 16-year-old of Scott Township, PA, was granted her wish to visit the Aloha State in July.

About this Blog

This blog brings Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia to you -- sharing first-person stories of the Make-A-Wish experience and the impact of a wish from the perspectives of wish families, volunteers and staff. This blog highlights wishes come true and the special people in Pennsylvania and West Virginia helping to make magical experiences possible for every eligible child.

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