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Apr 21, 2017

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Local girl receives Make-A-Wish trip to Disney

WSAZ NewsChannel 3

On Thursday afternoon, Julia Wisser's mom took her out of school and said they were going to yet another doctor's appointment. But they weren't. They were going to the Walt Disney World®Resort.

Julia was greeted outside of her school by a princess with a sign that broke the news. Their bags were packed and the car was ready to take the family to the airport.

Apr 05, 2017

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Boy Battling A Brain Tumor Named Mayor For A Day--Gets His Own Clubhouse


McKees Rocks boy battling a brain tumor received a special gift over the weekend thanks to the Make-A-Wish. Friends and family cheered as 5-year-old Eddie Nagel ran into his backyard to check out his brand new clubhouse. Eddie loves Mickey Mouse and really wanted his own Mickey Mouse clubhouse. His wish granted by the Make-A-Wish.

“The Make-A-Wish experience is awesome, they do make dreams come true,” said Christina Nagel, Eddie’s mom.

Mar 20, 2017


3-year-old survivor of rare disease gets trip to Disney

WSAZ NewsChannel 3

Teagan is just three years old and when she was 14 months old, she was diagnosed with lipoblastoma which is a rare tumor found in infants.
While being treated, Teagan’s oncologist reached out to the Make-A-Wish, which is a program that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers from Make-A-Wish soon contacted the Dennison to set up Teagan’s wish, the chance to meet Minnie Mouse.

Mar 20, 2017

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Make-A-Wish 'kid' writes to spread hope for children fighting illness

Trib Total Media

She knows these kids because she used to be just like them. But she made it through, even though it looked like she might not. So, when she writes about them, she focuses not on the thing trying to kill them, but on “the person they are going to become.”

“It's hard seeing what they go through,” said Francesca Dabecco, 20, of Robinson. “Sometimes I get survivor's guilt: Why me and not them? You always ask why and there's never an answer.

Feb 14, 2017

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Edinboro athletics programs grant wish to Warren girl

EDINBORO — The Edinboro basketball community was in the national spotlight Saturday as the Fighting Scots had their annual Make-A-Wish Day.

The day of giving started at halftime of the women's basketball game as seven-year-old Abigail was granted her wish to travel to Hawaii. She is a native of Warren and has been diagnosed with a life-threatening seizure disorder.

Feb 10, 2017


Teen heart transplant recipient lives life to its fullest everyday


Scott Johnston, 18, of Marshall, had his wish to go on a trip to ski in Jackson Hole, Wyo. granted through Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Aug 19, 2016

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Super bedroom makeover surprises Ambridge Make-A-Wish recipient

Lance bounded up the stairs of his family’s Ambridge home, his eyes widening as he noticed the group, a mix of family, friends and representatives from Make-A-Wish Foundation and Levin Furniture, waiting to welcome him.

Aug 01, 2016

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Five-year-old from Edinburg races motocross while battling leukemia

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Near a homemade track that weaves through backyard brambles far outside Pittsburgh, five-year-old Keegan and his dad are laughing on the back of a roaring, full-size dirt bike.

May 20, 2016

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Six-year-old Hailee of Easton, PA, visits Disney through Make-a-Wish

Through Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Hailee and her family got a break from hospitals and doctors visits earlier this month by spending a week at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando.

May 16, 2016

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Make-A-Wish gives South Strabane cancer survivor auto tools


The 19-year-old survivor of stage four lymphoma who has since been in remission for six months was provided more enjoyable gifts Saturday: a dream garage setup of tools in what Make-A-Wish Foundation organizers said was one of the most generous donations ever coordinated.

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