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Aug 15, 2018

A Look Back on Thomas' Wish

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At 15, the furthest thing from my mind was cancer in any form, let alone having cancer myself. When I started getting stabbing pains in my right knee, I assumed it was an injury or growing pains. For a time, doctors thought the same. But as time passed and the pain worsened, it became clear that something more than a simple injury was at hand. In March of 2007, after scans and x-rays, we discovered that there was a tumor the size of a fist growing on my knee.

Aug 15, 2018

A Look Back on Thomas' Wish

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At 15, the furthest thing from my mind was cancer in any form, let alone having cancer myself. When I started getting stabbing pains in my right knee, I assumed it was an injury or growing pains. For a time, doctors thought the same. But as time passed and the pain worsened, it became clear that something more than a simple injury was at hand. In March of 2007, after scans and x-rays, we discovered that there was a tumor the size of a fist growing on my knee.

Mar 28, 2018

Sophea's Wish

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“To say that this year has been crazier than most for our family of six, is an understatement. I think we went four and a half months with a doctor’s appointment every week, on top of the girl’s individual weekly therapy appointments. Many weeks we had two additional doctor’s appointments per week. At least one week a month, we had a doctor’s appointment every. single. day. And several times, we had more than one appointment a day. Looking back, I have no idea what kept us going. It was exhausting, both mentally and physically, for the girls and for Mike and me. But with Sophea’s heath declining, we did what we needed to do.” -Sophea’s Mom

Mar 28, 2018

Sophea's Wish

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“To say that this year has been crazier than most for our family of six, is an understatement. I think we went four and a half months with a doctor’s appointment every week, on top of the girl’s individual weekly therapy appointments. Many weeks we had two additional doctor’s appointments per week. At least one week a month, we had a doctor’s appointment every. single. day. And several times, we had more than one appointment a day. Looking back, I have no idea what kept us going. It was exhausting, both mentally and physically, for the girls and for Mike and me. But with Sophea’s heath declining, we did what we needed to do.” -Sophea’s Mom

Mar 03, 2018

I Want You To Be Happy Day!

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Spread the smiles and bring on the joy for "I Want You To Be Happy Day!"

Mar 03, 2018

I Want You To Be Happy Day!

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Spread the smiles and bring on the joy for "I Want You To Be Happy Day!"

Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We are thankful for...

Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

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 that help create life-changing experiences for every eligible child.

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