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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.

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.

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.

Apr 02, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Why Our Family Supports Make-A-Wish

Marilyn Noll - I'm an air miles donor
Our family knows through personal experience that one good way to give support to young people with life threatening illnesses is to support Make-A-Wish. We well understand that by donating travel miles to Make-A-Wish, we can enable these young people to experience an exciting and inspiring adventure of their own choice—and give hope and joy to them and their families.

Apr 02, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Why Our Family Supports Make-A-Wish

Marilyn Noll - I'm an air miles donor
Our family knows through personal experience that one good way to give support to young people with life threatening illnesses is to support Make-A-Wish. We well understand that by donating travel miles to Make-A-Wish, we can enable these young people to experience an exciting and inspiring adventure of their own choice—and give hope and joy to them and their families.

1,000 wishes. 1,000 memories. 1,000 amazing, brave children.

Bridget with family, friends, Kohl's and Make-A-Wish staff
We hit an amazing milestone in the Northern WV Regional Office last month. We granted our 1,000th wish to an inspiring girl from Clarksburg, WV. Wishes have been granted in the northern 32 counties of West Virginia since 1989 and on February 27, 2014, we hit that magic number – 1,000.

Mar 12, 2014

1,000 wishes. 1,000 memories. 1,000 amazing, brave children.

Bridget with family, friends, Kohl's and Make-A-Wish staff
We hit an amazing milestone in the Northern WV Regional Office last month. We granted our 1,000th wish to an inspiring girl from Clarksburg, WV. Wishes have been granted in the northern 32 counties of West Virginia since 1989 and on February 27, 2014, we hit that magic number – 1,000.

Feb 27, 2014

Austin and Layla: Witnessing the Power of a Wish

Austin, his puppy Layla, his family and the Edinboro and Make-A-Wish crew
Austin, 16, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma about a year ago and has had a long, hard year of chemo treatments and the amputation of his foot due to complications from his illness. Near the end of his treatments, he realized what was missing…he needed a companion, someone to help him through his recovery. He needed a best friend. He needed a dog.

Feb 27, 2014

Austin and Layla: Witnessing the Power of a Wish

Austin, his puppy Layla, his family and the Edinboro and Make-A-Wish crew
Austin, 16, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma about a year ago and has had a long, hard year of chemo treatments and the amputation of his foot due to complications from his illness. Near the end of his treatments, he realized what was missing…he needed a companion, someone to help him through his recovery. He needed a best friend. He needed a dog.

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 20, 2014

A Child's Best Friend

Alfonso and Jaden first meet
Helen Keller once said, "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” A friend is just what our wish kids need -- someone to help them get through the tough times. When we ask our kids what their fondest wish would be, many answer a trip to Walt Disney World or a shopping spree to help get their minds off of their conditions. But others wish for a furry best friend. In honor of Love Your Pet day, here are the stories of a couple adorable wish kids who wanted a new puppy pal for their wish.

Feb 20, 2014

A Child's Best Friend

Alfonso and Jaden first meet
Helen Keller once said, "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” A friend is just what our wish kids need -- someone to help them get through the tough times. When we ask our kids what their fondest wish would be, many answer a trip to Walt Disney World or a shopping spree to help get their minds off of their conditions. But others wish for a furry best friend. In honor of Love Your Pet day, here are the stories of a couple adorable wish kids who wanted a new puppy pal for their wish.

Feb 05, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Impact of a Wish

Sydnee and her bear
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to read the letters from families about the impact of their wish.

Feb 05, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Impact of a Wish

Sydnee and her bear
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to read the letters from families about the impact of their wish.

Jan 15, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Top 2013 Wish Moments

Looks of joy and surprise as Trevin's wish is revealed by Darth Vader and two Storm Troopers
When you look back at a year, you often think of special moments -- those short periods in time that made a difference and brought a smile to your face.

For our Make-A-Wish chapter, 2013 was a big year. So, before we get too far in to 2014, let's take a look back at the wishes and events in 2013 that stood out for our chapter.

Jan 15, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Top 2013 Wish Moments

Looks of joy and surprise as Trevin's wish is revealed by Darth Vader and two Storm Troopers
When you look back at a year, you often think of special moments -- those short periods in time that made a difference and brought a smile to your face.

For our Make-A-Wish chapter, 2013 was a big year. So, before we get too far in to 2014, let's take a look back at the wishes and events in 2013 that stood out for our chapter.

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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