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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

Tell a fairytale header 2017
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.

Jun 19, 2016

To all the Rad Dads...

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Today, Make-A-Wish® celebrates wish dads and everything that makes them special. Whether it is simply helping their kiddo reach the top shelf or boosting them to reach for the stars, wish dads are among the finest fellas around. So what makes wish dads so rad? They're...

Jun 19, 2016

To all the Rad Dads...

Father's Day Blog Header 2016
Today, Make-A-Wish® celebrates wish dads and everything that makes them special. Whether it is simply helping their kiddo reach the top shelf or boosting them to reach for the stars, wish dads are among the finest fellas around. So what makes wish dads so rad? They're...

May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

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Dear Wish Moms,

May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

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Dear Wish Moms,

Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day 2016

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Spring is officially here and Pittsburgh is getting back in the swing of things! (Even if the Burgh’s weather hasn’t quite caught on yet.) It’s the time of year when birds and baseballs fly, raising the city’s spirits with the Jolly Roger. Today, Make-A-Wish® is celebrating the Buc’s home opener, along with the first game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, with a look back on a few homerun wishes from last season.

Apr 03, 2016

Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day 2016

Pirates Home Opener 2016
Spring is officially here and Pittsburgh is getting back in the swing of things! (Even if the Burgh’s weather hasn’t quite caught on yet.) It’s the time of year when birds and baseballs fly, raising the city’s spirits with the Jolly Roger. Today, Make-A-Wish® is celebrating the Buc’s home opener, along with the first game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, with a look back on a few homerun wishes from last season.

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.

Jul 02, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Wishes that Won't Be Forgotten

Elizabeth enjoying a carefree day at the beach
There's pretty much a day for everything. If you look on "bizarre holiday" website calendars, you'll find Hug a Newsman day, Pig in a Blanket day, Clean your Refrigerator day, even a Wiggle Your Toes day (just to name a few). Today is "I Forgot" Day. While the intent of the "holiday" is to make up for all those forgotten birthdays and anniversaries, I couldn't help thinking of our wish families. They experience many days that they would rather forget. Make-A-Wish helps to replace these days of sickness, pain, doctor visits and hospital stays with unforgettable, joyful experiences. Wish kid Zack, who was granted his wish for a T-rex dinosaur in 2005 while battling cancer, now holds an annual event for Make-A-Wish and often thinks about his wish day.

"Make-A-Wish made a big difference in my recovery because it gave me a day of hope," said Zack. "It was a day I didn’t have to think about hospitals and being sick."

Many wish kids and families like Zack's have renewed hope after being granted a wish. So let's take a look at some wishes that kids and families tell us will stay with them forever.

Jul 02, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Wishes that Won't Be Forgotten

Elizabeth enjoying a carefree day at the beach
There's pretty much a day for everything. If you look on "bizarre holiday" website calendars, you'll find Hug a Newsman day, Pig in a Blanket day, Clean your Refrigerator day, even a Wiggle Your Toes day (just to name a few). Today is "I Forgot" Day. While the intent of the "holiday" is to make up for all those forgotten birthdays and anniversaries, I couldn't help thinking of our wish families. They experience many days that they would rather forget. Make-A-Wish helps to replace these days of sickness, pain, doctor visits and hospital stays with unforgettable, joyful experiences. Wish kid Zack, who was granted his wish for a T-rex dinosaur in 2005 while battling cancer, now holds an annual event for Make-A-Wish and often thinks about his wish day.

"Make-A-Wish made a big difference in my recovery because it gave me a day of hope," said Zack. "It was a day I didn’t have to think about hospitals and being sick."

Many wish kids and families like Zack's have renewed hope after being granted a wish. So let's take a look at some wishes that kids and families tell us will stay with them forever.

Great Kindness in Small Package

Dana with Dominic and kids
As much as a written story tries to capture the joy of a wish-come-true, it just can’t compare to seeing a wish come true right before your very eyes. In my decade working at Make-A-Wish, I have had the privilege of witnessing many wishes come to life firsthand. But four-year-old Dominic’s wish will stay with me for a long time. You see, Dominic wished for a shopping spree but not entirely for himself.

Jun 30, 2014

Great Kindness in Small Package

Dana with Dominic and kids
As much as a written story tries to capture the joy of a wish-come-true, it just can’t compare to seeing a wish come true right before your very eyes. In my decade working at Make-A-Wish, I have had the privilege of witnessing many wishes come to life firsthand. But four-year-old Dominic’s wish will stay with me for a long time. You see, Dominic wished for a shopping spree but not entirely for himself.

Jun 13, 2014

Celebrating Renewed Family Bonds

Brendan and his dad after shooting off the fireworks at Walt Disney World
When we talk about wishes, we often think of the positive, lasting effects they have on the wish kids. But often times, the wish has a life-changing impact on siblings and parents, too. For families, who are often separated by hospital stays and doctor appointments, the wish experience brings them back together again. Whether it be a day, two days or a week, the wish gives them a time to enjoy each other's company, laugh, have fun and not think about the stresses of an illness. In honor of Father's Day weekend, let's take a look at special wishes that help renew family bonds.

Jun 13, 2014

Celebrating Renewed Family Bonds

Brendan and his dad after shooting off the fireworks at Walt Disney World
When we talk about wishes, we often think of the positive, lasting effects they have on the wish kids. But often times, the wish has a life-changing impact on siblings and parents, too. For families, who are often separated by hospital stays and doctor appointments, the wish experience brings them back together again. Whether it be a day, two days or a week, the wish gives them a time to enjoy each other's company, laugh, have fun and not think about the stresses of an illness. In honor of Father's Day weekend, let's take a look at special wishes that help renew family bonds.

Jun 06, 2014

Flashback Friday: Sports Wishes that Give Hope

Teddy, Coach Tomlin and Troy
After the great weather this past weekend and more in store, it may be safe to say that summer is finally here. With clear skies and a bright sun, children are more eager than ever to go outside and play.

Beginning June 1, Sports America Kids Month is celebrated to promote healthy thinking and physical fitness among children. Although sports seem to suggest the lessons of winning and losing to children, they provide much more than that. Sports offer physical fitness, mental fitness, sportsmanship, confidence and self-esteem.

Jun 06, 2014

Flashback Friday: Sports Wishes that Give Hope

Teddy, Coach Tomlin and Troy
After the great weather this past weekend and more in store, it may be safe to say that summer is finally here. With clear skies and a bright sun, children are more eager than ever to go outside and play.

Beginning June 1, Sports America Kids Month is celebrated to promote healthy thinking and physical fitness among children. Although sports seem to suggest the lessons of winning and losing to children, they provide much more than that. Sports offer physical fitness, mental fitness, sportsmanship, confidence and self-esteem.

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.

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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