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Jul 30, 2015

Wish Kids in the Limelight

Emma in Clearwater, FL
Throughout the summer, quite a few of our wish kids have been the stars of their hometown newspapers, where their courageous and heartwarming stories are told to the local community.

Here are some sunshine-filled, summertime stories that we hope you’ll love just as much as we do.

Jul 30, 2015

Wish Kids in the Limelight

Emma in Clearwater, FL
Throughout the summer, quite a few of our wish kids have been the stars of their hometown newspapers, where their courageous and heartwarming stories are told to the local community.

Here are some sunshine-filled, summertime stories that we hope you’ll love just as much as we do.

Wish Wednesday: Fairytales of the Fall

Cameron as a member of the Notre Dame football team
The season of fall brings many new things; from changing leaves and crisp air, to pumpkin-picking and pig-skin tossing. And for some of our wish kids, it brings their own fun to get done.

Oct 08, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Fairytales of the Fall

Cameron as a member of the Notre Dame football team
The season of fall brings many new things; from changing leaves and crisp air, to pumpkin-picking and pig-skin tossing. And for some of our wish kids, it brings their own fun to get done.

Jun 18, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Summertime and the Livin's Easy

Abby on the beach
Time to bring out the beach towels and bathing suits – summer is finally here! And here at Make-A-Wish®, that means the height of wish travel season has begun. From beach vacations and swimming with dolphins to Orlando theme parks and Hawaii get-a-ways – our wish kids truly know how to dive into the summer sun as they forget about their illnesses and experience their most heartfelt wishes-come-true.

Jun 18, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Summertime and the Livin's Easy

Abby on the beach
Time to bring out the beach towels and bathing suits – summer is finally here! And here at Make-A-Wish®, that means the height of wish travel season has begun. From beach vacations and swimming with dolphins to Orlando theme parks and Hawaii get-a-ways – our wish kids truly know how to dive into the summer sun as they forget about their illnesses and experience their most heartfelt wishes-come-true.

Celebrating Life with Wish Kid & Past Make-A-Wish Intern Erika Moul

Erika and family in Hawaii
Did you hear? There was a worldwide celebration – a Celebration of Life. Millions of survivors united this past Sunday to show the world what life after cancer looks like.

Every first Sunday in June marks National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) – “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community.” According to the NCSD Foundation, nearly 14 million people are living with a history of cancer, and some of those survivors include our resilient and courageous wish kids.

Jun 02, 2014

Celebrating Life with Wish Kid & Past Make-A-Wish Intern Erika Moul

Erika and family in Hawaii
Did you hear? There was a worldwide celebration – a Celebration of Life. Millions of survivors united this past Sunday to show the world what life after cancer looks like.

Every first Sunday in June marks National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) – “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community.” According to the NCSD Foundation, nearly 14 million people are living with a history of cancer, and some of those survivors include our resilient and courageous wish kids.

Wish Wednesday: Wish Kid Jared Fulfills Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

Jared and USS Missouri
With Memorial Day right around the corner, we thought of the perfect wish to share with you: 13-year-old Jared, a military history buff, recently returned from his wish-come-true as he toured Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

May 21, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Wish Kid Jared Fulfills Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

Jared and USS Missouri
With Memorial Day right around the corner, we thought of the perfect wish to share with you: 13-year-old Jared, a military history buff, recently returned from his wish-come-true as he toured Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Feb 26, 2014

Wish Wednesday: National Tell a Fairytale Day

Aidan Becomes a Knight
Most of the fairytales we've all heard and know are found only in storybooks or the movies. However, in honor of National Tell a Fairytale Day, we have a few stories about some of our wish kids who have lived their own fairytales.

Feb 26, 2014

Wish Wednesday: National Tell a Fairytale Day

Aidan Becomes a Knight
Most of the fairytales we've all heard and know are found only in storybooks or the movies. However, in honor of National Tell a Fairytale Day, we have a few stories about some of our wish kids who have lived their own fairytales.

Feb 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

Feb 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

Jan 22, 2014

Once I Started, I Couldn't Stop: From Intern to Staff

Liz (top right) at Chi Omega's annual event Make A Dish for Make-A-Wish
I first got involved with Make-A-Wish when I joined my sorority, Chi Omega, at the University of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish is our national philanthropy, and after learning more about the organization I knew I wanted to do something more – but the question remained: what could I do and how? I soon found out that a couple of my older sisters were interns at the Pittsburgh office, and there was my answer.

Jan 22, 2014

Once I Started, I Couldn't Stop: From Intern to Staff

Liz (top right) at Chi Omega's annual event Make A Dish for Make-A-Wish
I first got involved with Make-A-Wish when I joined my sorority, Chi Omega, at the University of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish is our national philanthropy, and after learning more about the organization I knew I wanted to do something more – but the question remained: what could I do and how? I soon found out that a couple of my older sisters were interns at the Pittsburgh office, and there was my answer.

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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