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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.

Take this letter, for example.

"This is Sydnee. I got a call yesterday and found out my wish was approved, and that Sierra was approved to come with me. I wanted to thank you guys so much because I don’t think anyone understands how much this means to us. It’s like a dream come true. I really do appreciate all you’re doing for me, it’s wonderful and feels like I’m dreaming."

Sydnee, who has a life-threatening heart condition, hasn't even been on her wish yet, but just by her letter, you know that just having the opportunity to have a wish is impacting her life.  That's the beauty of Make-A-Wish.  It helps give kids and their families a much needed break from the stresses of dealing with doctor appointments and hospital stays and helps them focus on something positive, even before their wish begins.  According to a 2011 impact study commissioned by Make-A-Wish® America, 99 percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 92 percent saw their children experience re-empowerment to take back the ability to make decisions in their lives.

A wish can even impact a child physically.  A combined 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.  Just ask Meghan, who received her wish for a pool when she was battling cancer as a nine-year-old kid.  Now 24, Meghan is helping to make other kids' wishes come true. 

"I was determined to conquer this illness because I wanted to swim in my pool," said Meghan. "I was not going to let my illness keep me from my wish!"  

For 30 years, our chapter has been giving kids like Syndee and Meghan a reason to hope and look past the dark days of worry and illness.  Here's to 30 more!

Meghan and her brother thank Make-A-Wish for her brand new swimming pool

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

1 Comment

Justin

Great post, Christina! I like the look at how the wish experience helped Sydnee even before her wish. I think that's really important ... just the anticipation means so much.

February 13, 2014 - 1:31 PM

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