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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.

Amazement in the Outfield

Wish kid Sean with Andrew McCutchen at PNC Park
ESPN® SportsCenter “My Wish” Series to Feature Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen Granting Sean’s Wish

Jul 22, 2015

Amazement in the Outfield

Wish kid Sean with Andrew McCutchen at PNC Park
ESPN® SportsCenter “My Wish” Series to Feature Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen Granting Sean’s Wish

Celebrate National Culinary Arts Month with a Taste of Hope!

Josie and Daniel chose wishes that involved the culinary arts.
At some point or another, we have all found ourselves flipping through the television channels, coming across a cooking show and drooling over their culinary expertise. For most of us, a dinner-night-out is as far as we can get to this fine dine. But for a few wish kids, a chef-cooked meal was the real deal, and they were ready to stir up some excitement!

Jul 09, 2015

Celebrate National Culinary Arts Month with a Taste of Hope!

Josie and Daniel chose wishes that involved the culinary arts.
At some point or another, we have all found ourselves flipping through the television channels, coming across a cooking show and drooling over their culinary expertise. For most of us, a dinner-night-out is as far as we can get to this fine dine. But for a few wish kids, a chef-cooked meal was the real deal, and they were ready to stir up some excitement!

May 06, 2015

What Make-A-Wish Means to Moms

Make-A-Wish moms
As Case enjoyed a wonderful week in Walt Disney World ®, his mom had flashbacks to the hardest times of his life, grateful for a week of memories with her four-year-old son diagnosed with a life-threatening genetic condition.

“I watched his sisters and the joy they experienced during our week of magic and remembered their tears, their frustrations while I was at the hospital with their brother, their fears of what he'll have to go through next,” wrote his mom on the Facebook page, A Very Special Case. “It's such a heart tugging, joy making, blessing counting experience we will NEVER FORGET.”

May 06, 2015

What Make-A-Wish Means to Moms

Make-A-Wish moms
As Case enjoyed a wonderful week in Walt Disney World ®, his mom had flashbacks to the hardest times of his life, grateful for a week of memories with her four-year-old son diagnosed with a life-threatening genetic condition.

“I watched his sisters and the joy they experienced during our week of magic and remembered their tears, their frustrations while I was at the hospital with their brother, their fears of what he'll have to go through next,” wrote his mom on the Facebook page, A Very Special Case. “It's such a heart tugging, joy making, blessing counting experience we will NEVER FORGET.”

Apr 29, 2015

Celebrating 35 Years of Wishes

World Wish Day 2015
If you could go anywhere, have anything, be anything or meet anyone, what would it be?

This is the question we ask when we first meet a wish child. Today, we celebrate the more than 350,000 children who have answered this question and have been granted a wish in the last 35 years. On April 29, 1980, Chris Grecius, a seven-year-old boy living in Arizona, was given the chance to be a police officer for a day and forget about the challenges of battling leukemia. Although Chris passed away shortly after, discussions began about creating a wish granting organization. Make-A-Wish was born.

Apr 29, 2015

Celebrating 35 Years of Wishes

World Wish Day 2015
If you could go anywhere, have anything, be anything or meet anyone, what would it be?

This is the question we ask when we first meet a wish child. Today, we celebrate the more than 350,000 children who have answered this question and have been granted a wish in the last 35 years. On April 29, 1980, Chris Grecius, a seven-year-old boy living in Arizona, was given the chance to be a police officer for a day and forget about the challenges of battling leukemia. Although Chris passed away shortly after, discussions began about creating a wish granting organization. Make-A-Wish was born.

Mar 10, 2015

One Year Since My Wish

Francesca walks the red carpet during LA Style Week
Today marks one year since Francesca became a Glamour Magazine fashion blogger for her wish. For Francesca, who is diagnosed with brain stem glioma, her wish gave her hope for a brighter future. Now an intern at our Pittsburgh office, Francesca is helping to share the Make-A-Wish mission with others. We're thrilled to have her as a member of our marketing/communications team.

Mar 10, 2015

One Year Since My Wish

Francesca walks the red carpet during LA Style Week
Today marks one year since Francesca became a Glamour Magazine fashion blogger for her wish. For Francesca, who is diagnosed with brain stem glioma, her wish gave her hope for a brighter future. Now an intern at our Pittsburgh office, Francesca is helping to share the Make-A-Wish mission with others. We're thrilled to have her as a member of our marketing/communications team.

Nov 05, 2014

Wish Wednesday: It Takes a Village

Anthony and his brothers at GKTW
Every year, hundreds of wish kids from Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia stay at Give Kids the World during their wishes to Walt Disney World®. They leave with renewed hope, strength and joy. This week, we're pleased to share a guest blog post detailing the magic that only Give Kids the World could make possible.

Nov 05, 2014

Wish Wednesday: It Takes a Village

Anthony and his brothers at GKTW
Every year, hundreds of wish kids from Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia stay at Give Kids the World during their wishes to Walt Disney World®. They leave with renewed hope, strength and joy. This week, we're pleased to share a guest blog post detailing the magic that only Give Kids the World could make possible.

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.

Aug 20, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Bailey Reminisces about Dancing on Broadway

Dancing on the Broadway stage
At Make-A-Wish®, we love hearing from former wish kids who are eager to share the impact of their wish and what they are doing now. This week, we received an email from former Elk County wish kid Bailey. Her wish to explore New York City and dance on Broadway was granted in April 2002. Determined not to let her life-threatening skin disorder hold her back from accomplishing her dreams, today she is the reigning Pure American Pageant Ms. Pennsylvania and a dance teacher. Read on as she shares her story.

Aug 20, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Bailey Reminisces about Dancing on Broadway

Dancing on the Broadway stage
At Make-A-Wish®, we love hearing from former wish kids who are eager to share the impact of their wish and what they are doing now. This week, we received an email from former Elk County wish kid Bailey. Her wish to explore New York City and dance on Broadway was granted in April 2002. Determined not to let her life-threatening skin disorder hold her back from accomplishing her dreams, today she is the reigning Pure American Pageant Ms. Pennsylvania and a dance teacher. Read on as she shares her story.

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.

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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