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Wish Wednesday: March is National Social Work Month

Peter Social Work Month
March is National Social Work Month and we’ve asked a couple of our social workers to share their experiences with Make-A-Wish for this week’s blog. Social workers play a vital role in the wish process by making referrals for kids that may qualify for Make-A-Wish. Without their referrals, wishes could never come true!

Mar 19, 2014

Wish Wednesday: March is National Social Work Month

Peter Social Work Month
March is National Social Work Month and we’ve asked a couple of our social workers to share their experiences with Make-A-Wish for this week’s blog. Social workers play a vital role in the wish process by making referrals for kids that may qualify for Make-A-Wish. Without their referrals, wishes could never come true!

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.

Mar 05, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Working for Make-A-Wish A "Rewarding Experience"

Lisa at work!
“There is no exercise better for strengthening the heart, than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

That is just what our wish kids need—a positive chance to dream, that will lift their spirits and outshine draining medical treatments that are seemingly unfair for just a small child. Our wish kids deserve an opportunity to have a huge imagination and an enthusiastic dream. They deserve an extraordinary vision within reach. A vision that gives them the strength and hope that they can beat their illness. Some way. Somehow. That they can keep fighting and make it through such difficult times. That they can embrace the joy of just being a kid again.

Mar 05, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Working for Make-A-Wish A "Rewarding Experience"

Lisa at work!
“There is no exercise better for strengthening the heart, than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

That is just what our wish kids need—a positive chance to dream, that will lift their spirits and outshine draining medical treatments that are seemingly unfair for just a small child. Our wish kids deserve an opportunity to have a huge imagination and an enthusiastic dream. They deserve an extraordinary vision within reach. A vision that gives them the strength and hope that they can beat their illness. Some way. Somehow. That they can keep fighting and make it through such difficult times. That they can embrace the joy of just being a kid again.

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 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

Feb 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

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 22, 2014

Once I Started, I Couldn't Stop: From Intern to Staff

Liz (top right) at Chi Omega's annual event Make A Dish for Make-A-Wish
I first got involved with Make-A-Wish when I joined my sorority, Chi Omega, at the University of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish is our national philanthropy, and after learning more about the organization I knew I wanted to do something more – but the question remained: what could I do and how? I soon found out that a couple of my older sisters were interns at the Pittsburgh office, and there was my answer.

Jan 22, 2014

Once I Started, I Couldn't Stop: From Intern to Staff

Liz (top right) at Chi Omega's annual event Make A Dish for Make-A-Wish
I first got involved with Make-A-Wish when I joined my sorority, Chi Omega, at the University of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish is our national philanthropy, and after learning more about the organization I knew I wanted to do something more – but the question remained: what could I do and how? I soon found out that a couple of my older sisters were interns at the Pittsburgh office, and there was my answer.

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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