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Great Kindness in Small Package

Dana with Dominic and kids
As much as a written story tries to capture the joy of a wish-come-true, it just can’t compare to seeing a wish come true right before your very eyes. In my decade working at Make-A-Wish, I have had the privilege of witnessing many wishes come to life firsthand. But four-year-old Dominic’s wish will stay with me for a long time. You see, Dominic wished for a shopping spree but not entirely for himself.

Having been diagnosed with leukemia back in 2012, Dominic was all too familiar with the Marty Ostrow Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center on the 9th floor of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. And on that floor was a treasure chest filled with toys for the kids to pick from after their exhausting treatments and appointments.  

When his Make-A-Wish volunteers came to visit, Dominic immediately thought of that treasure chest and what he could do to fill it. He decided on a shopping spree to “give some toys to the treasure chest and get some cars for me.”

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And so on Monday, June 23rd, Dominic’s most heartfelt wish came true, as the four-year-old and his nearly two-year-old brother wheeled four wagons full of toys up to the 9th floor clinic. Once there, he was met by a red carpet, balloons and much fanfare from the hospital staff. Unfazed by all the attention, and ever so carefully, Dominic placed each toy that he had lovingly selected in that treasure chest. But his mission was only complete when a fellow cancer warrior named Riley selected the very first “Donated by Dominic” toy out of the treasure chest- a pack of mini squirt guns. Dominic beamed with pride.

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Dominic could have wished for a tropical trip or a chance to meet a celebrity, but he didn’t.

He wished to bring joy to others.

When asked why, Dominic’s answer was simple:

“Because I wanted to see the kids happy.”

Did I mention he’s only four? 

Imagine if we all just wanted to see others happy. What a wonderful world it would be.

If you missed out on Dominic’s wish, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Check out coverage from the Huffington Post and our Facebook page where you can browse through some photos from his wish day.

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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 that help create life-changing experiences for every eligible child.

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