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Jul 28, 2017

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Local youth visits Walt Disney World through Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Bradford Era

Nine-year-old Laney Cook of Bradford has recently returned from a dream come true trip to the happiest place on earth, the Walt Disney World Resort, made possible through the Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Jul 28, 2017

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Play set is a wish come true for Boalsburg girl with genetic disorder

Centre Daily Times

Lia Florio has a smile that takes up a lot of real estate — not as much as the brand new play set in her backyard, mind you — but it’s still pretty close.
Both are a reminder that good things can come to those who wait, even if you are only 2 1/2 years old and in possession of a rare genetic disorder.

Jul 07, 2017

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Teen Fighting Rare Form of Cancer gets a Gift

York Daily Record

Make-A-Wish granted Seth's wish to go on a shopping spree, giving him the gift of a good day as he undergoes treatment for a rare form of cancer.

Apr 26, 2017

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Mt. Pleasant teen gets Make-A-Wish surprise


A sophomore at Mt. Pleasant Area High School, Brady returned to class last week after being out all year. Now, he looks forward to a week in Aruba courtesy of Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the fundraising efforts of athletes at Seton Hill University.

The university's Student Athlete Advisory Committee presented Brady with an enlarged boarding pass last weekend.

Apr 21, 2017

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Local girl receives Make-A-Wish trip to Disney

WSAZ NewsChannel 3

On Thursday afternoon, Julia Wisser's mom took her out of school and said they were going to yet another doctor's appointment. But they weren't. They were going to the Walt Disney World®Resort.

Julia was greeted outside of her school by a princess with a sign that broke the news. Their bags were packed and the car was ready to take the family to the airport.

Apr 05, 2017

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Boy Battling A Brain Tumor Named Mayor For A Day--Gets His Own Clubhouse


McKees Rocks boy battling a brain tumor received a special gift over the weekend thanks to the Make-A-Wish. Friends and family cheered as 5-year-old Eddie Nagel ran into his backyard to check out his brand new clubhouse. Eddie loves Mickey Mouse and really wanted his own Mickey Mouse clubhouse. His wish granted by the Make-A-Wish.

“The Make-A-Wish experience is awesome, they do make dreams come true,” said Christina Nagel, Eddie’s mom.

Mar 20, 2017

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Make-A-Wish 'kid' writes to spread hope for children fighting illness

Trib Total Media

She knows these kids because she used to be just like them. But she made it through, even though it looked like she might not. So, when she writes about them, she focuses not on the thing trying to kill them, but on “the person they are going to become.”

“It's hard seeing what they go through,” said Francesca Dabecco, 20, of Robinson. “Sometimes I get survivor's guilt: Why me and not them? You always ask why and there's never an answer.

Mar 20, 2017


3-year-old survivor of rare disease gets trip to Disney

WSAZ NewsChannel 3

Teagan is just three years old and when she was 14 months old, she was diagnosed with lipoblastoma which is a rare tumor found in infants.
While being treated, Teagan’s oncologist reached out to the Make-A-Wish, which is a program that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers from Make-A-Wish soon contacted the Dennison to set up Teagan’s wish, the chance to meet Minnie Mouse.

Feb 14, 2017

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Edinboro athletics programs grant wish to Warren girl

EDINBORO — The Edinboro basketball community was in the national spotlight Saturday as the Fighting Scots had their annual Make-A-Wish Day.

The day of giving started at halftime of the women's basketball game as seven-year-old Abigail was granted her wish to travel to Hawaii. She is a native of Warren and has been diagnosed with a life-threatening seizure disorder.

Feb 10, 2017


Teen heart transplant recipient lives life to its fullest everyday


Scott Johnston, 18, of Marshall, had his wish to go on a trip to ski in Jackson Hole, Wyo. granted through Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Inc.
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(412) 471-9474
Toll Free (800) 676-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Southern West Virginia Office
888 Oakwood Centre
Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474
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913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
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Toll Free (888) 808-9474