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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.

Kids Can Make a Difference

Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas accepts donation from Zack and his mom
Kids can make a difference – a phrase I first heard in elementary school, but, I admit, did not have much meaning for me. I always thought of it as something teachers told students so that they would help keep the playground clean after recess. This changed on August 1, 2013, when I started my first day of work at Make-A-Wish®. My new job entitled me to oversee our Kids for Wish Kids® fundraising program geared toward students under 18 years old. After 20 minutes of trying to organize my new desk, our staff was directed to assemble in the board room and greet a kid who is a celebrity in our office – Zachary Abel.

Aug 05, 2014

Kids Can Make a Difference

Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas accepts donation from Zack and his mom
Kids can make a difference – a phrase I first heard in elementary school, but, I admit, did not have much meaning for me. I always thought of it as something teachers told students so that they would help keep the playground clean after recess. This changed on August 1, 2013, when I started my first day of work at Make-A-Wish®. My new job entitled me to oversee our Kids for Wish Kids® fundraising program geared toward students under 18 years old. After 20 minutes of trying to organize my new desk, our staff was directed to assemble in the board room and greet a kid who is a celebrity in our office – Zachary Abel.

A New Chapter of Life Unfolds for Graduating Wish Kids

Graduating wish kids with Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly. Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judi Stone, Chief Operating Officer Ann Hohn and Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas at the Kurt R. Weiss Reception at PNC Park
While reading the goals, dreams and stories of the 50 graduating wish kids who recently applied for our chapter's Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship, I couldn't help thinking of a quote from American author William Arthur Ward -- “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” The diagnosis of cancer or a life-threatening illness could be a reason for anyone to give up. However, these wish kids scholarship recipients wouldn't let their diagnoses define them. For many, their wish experience gave them a “can-do” attitude, and inspired many of them to take up challenges they hadn't thought possible. In the coming weeks, these kids will be graduating from Pennsylvania and West Virginia high schools, ready to start a new chapter in their life and conquer a new challenge -- college.

May 28, 2014

A New Chapter of Life Unfolds for Graduating Wish Kids

Graduating wish kids with Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly. Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judi Stone, Chief Operating Officer Ann Hohn and Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas at the Kurt R. Weiss Reception at PNC Park
While reading the goals, dreams and stories of the 50 graduating wish kids who recently applied for our chapter's Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship, I couldn't help thinking of a quote from American author William Arthur Ward -- “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” The diagnosis of cancer or a life-threatening illness could be a reason for anyone to give up. However, these wish kids scholarship recipients wouldn't let their diagnoses define them. For many, their wish experience gave them a “can-do” attitude, and inspired many of them to take up challenges they hadn't thought possible. In the coming weeks, these kids will be graduating from Pennsylvania and West Virginia high schools, ready to start a new chapter in their life and conquer a new challenge -- college.

Oct 31, 2013

Superheroes

Austin's transformation into Superman is complete!
Make-A-Wish® is all about superheroes. Not necessarily the ones that you read about in comic books, but real-life superheroes that are making a difference.

Oct 31, 2013

Superheroes

Austin's transformation into Superman is complete!
Make-A-Wish® is all about superheroes. Not necessarily the ones that you read about in comic books, but real-life superheroes that are making a difference.

Jul 11, 2013

Leaving Work With a Smile

Lydia, Owen and Mya
Erie Regional Director Jan Stork shares the story of three young philanthropists

Jul 11, 2013

Leaving Work With a Smile

Lydia, Owen and Mya
Erie Regional Director Jan Stork shares the story of three young philanthropists

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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