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Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a special time for friends and family to come together and look back on everything they are thankful for. Although many of our wish kids and families are faced with the challenge and stress of living with a life-threatening medical condition, they are still very thankful for the memories and moments their wish has brought them.

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a special time for friends and family to come together and look back on everything they are thankful for. Although many of our wish kids and families are faced with the challenge and stress of living with a life-threatening medical condition, they are still very thankful for the memories and moments their wish has brought them.

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...

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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wish Wednesday: Photos Worth a Thousand Words

Tyler get a lick from his new puppy, Bruce
Ever since Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura on a summer day in 1827, photos have been a way of capturing special moments in time -- moments to be cherished. They tell a story in a way that words never could -- capturing the emotion of a person during a milestone event or the beauty of a scene that the photographer doesn't want forgotten.

At Make-A-Wish, photos help tell our story. The story of kids and their families who have been through unimaginable challenges experiencing hope, strength and joy that once seemed out of reach. No matter how we can try to describe the impact of a wish, nothing expresses it better than a photo of a joyful kid with a smile that goes from ear to ear or a photo of a family enjoying each other's company and having a chance to forget about their worries for the first time in months or maybe even years.

In honor of National Photography Month, here are just some of our favorite photos that truly convey the impact of a wish.

May 14, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Photos Worth a Thousand Words

Tyler get a lick from his new puppy, Bruce
Ever since Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura on a summer day in 1827, photos have been a way of capturing special moments in time -- moments to be cherished. They tell a story in a way that words never could -- capturing the emotion of a person during a milestone event or the beauty of a scene that the photographer doesn't want forgotten.

At Make-A-Wish, photos help tell our story. The story of kids and their families who have been through unimaginable challenges experiencing hope, strength and joy that once seemed out of reach. No matter how we can try to describe the impact of a wish, nothing expresses it better than a photo of a joyful kid with a smile that goes from ear to ear or a photo of a family enjoying each other's company and having a chance to forget about their worries for the first time in months or maybe even years.

In honor of National Photography Month, here are just some of our favorite photos that truly convey the impact of a wish.

Apr 10, 2014

The Power and Strength of a Wish from A Sibling's Perspective

Donna and Joe with Snow White
While wishes help the kids who receive them, they also have a profound impact on the wish kids' siblings and families. Wish siblings are often separated from their brothers or sisters while they are in the hospital and feel powerless as they watch them go through pain, treatments and doctor appointments. Make-A-Wish brings families back together again and helps replace fear and stress with optimism, hope and joy.

At Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV, we have two wish siblings on staff who have witnessed the power of a wish. In honor of National Sibling Day, Wish Assistant Donna Heisler and Northern West Virginia Regional Manager Leandra Hickman reflect back on how Make-A-Wish positively impacted their siblings and families.

Apr 10, 2014

The Power and Strength of a Wish from A Sibling's Perspective

Donna and Joe with Snow White
While wishes help the kids who receive them, they also have a profound impact on the wish kids' siblings and families. Wish siblings are often separated from their brothers or sisters while they are in the hospital and feel powerless as they watch them go through pain, treatments and doctor appointments. Make-A-Wish brings families back together again and helps replace fear and stress with optimism, hope and joy.

At Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV, we have two wish siblings on staff who have witnessed the power of a wish. In honor of National Sibling Day, Wish Assistant Donna Heisler and Northern West Virginia Regional Manager Leandra Hickman reflect back on how Make-A-Wish positively impacted their siblings and families.

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.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Inc.
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(412) 471-9474
Toll Free (800) 676-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Southern West Virginia Office
888 Oakwood Rd
Oakwood Center, Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474
Toll Free (800) 664-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Northern West Virginia Office
913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 292-5600
Toll Free (888) 808-9474
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