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Give Kids A School Year Filled with Hope, Strength and Joy

Blake Back to School

As the school year gets underway, there are many kids living in Pennsylvania and West Virginia who have bigger challenges than just making the grade -- they are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Three-year-old wish kid Blake, who is diagnosed with Wilm's tumor, is one of them.  Make-A-Wish® granted his wish to visit SeaWorld to see sharks up close. He said, "It was the best time ever. My wish helped me forget that I was sick."   Here's how you can give a child with a life-threatening medical condition a school year filled with hope, strength and joy.


Blake's magical wish to SeaWorld started with a referral.  If you know of a child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, please refer them to Make-A-Wish today.  Click here for more information.  You can refer a child by using our online form or calling 800.676.9474.   


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Blake's school district raises money for Make-A-Wish -- yours can, too.  By participating in our Kids for Wish Kids® or Wishmakers on Campus® programs, your school can give kids with life-threatening medical conditions, like Blake, hope and strength for the future.  Click here for fundraising ideas and how to get started.  To be a part of our student fundraising programs, please contact Andrea Ballas at 800.676.9474 or

For more information on ways to help, please click here.

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