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Mya's Impact to Give Back

Mya was all ready to present her donation to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Transplant Fund for Patients and Families.

“ I truly cannot ask for anything else. ”


- Mya

When 17-year-old Mya, from Boyertown, PA, was told that she qualified to receive a wish, she was elated with the possibilities. She started brainstorming ideas: a tropical vacation, a meet and greet with her favorite celebrity or cooking lessons with her favorite chef.

“All of these things sounded wonderful,” Mya said. “But something inside of me simply couldn’t ask for any of them.”

That’s when Mya knew that her wish had to make a difference. 

Mya Side imageShe decided to donate her wish to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Liver Transplant Fund for Patients and Families, a cause near and dear to her heart. Almost four years ago, Mya was waiting to get her own liver transplant, and fortunately, a match was found.

“I put myself back in the mindset of the little girl whose wish it truly was – the Mya that only four short years ago was waiting to get her life back,” said Mya as she explained how she came to her wish decision. “What would she have wished for? Well, there was only one thing: a liver.”

Now that she is happy and healthy, Mya said, “I truly cannot ask for anything else.”

Joined by family and friends, her wish volunteers and hospital staff, Mya presented a check donation of $4,400, the average cost of a wish, as a token of her love and appreciation for the fund.

“I was blessed with an amazing and supportive family and friends, the impeccable care from this incredible hospital and the gift of a lifetime,” Mya said. “My only wish now is that all families and patients like me can receive the same care and compassion that I did.”

  • Mya proudly presented her wish to the staff at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Pictured here are Mya’s doctor Dr. Elizabeth Rand, Mya’s mom, wish kid Mya, President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Madeline Bell, Mya’s dad.

  • Pictured here are Mya’s mom, wish kid Mya, President and CEO of CHOP Madeline Bell, Mya’s Dad.

  • Pictured here are Make-A-Wish volunteer Christie Bennett-Zellers, wish kid Mya and volunteer Theresa Folino.

My only wish now is that all families and patients like me can receive the same care and compassion that I did. ”

— Mya

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