Ever since Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura on a summer day in 1827, photos have been a way of capturing special moments in time -- moments to be cherished. They tell a story in a way that words never could -- capturing the emotion of a person during a milestone event or the beauty of a scene that the photographer doesn't want forgotten. At Make-A-Wish, photos help tell our story. The story of kids and their families who have been through unimaginable challenges experiencing hope, strength and joy that once seemed out of reach. No matter how we can try to describe the impact of a wish, nothing expresses it better than a photo of a joyful kid with a smile that goes from ear to ear or a photo of a family enjoying each other's company and having a chance to forget about their worries for the first time in months or maybe even years.In honor of National Photography Month, here are just some of our favorite photos that truly convey the impact of a wish.
Taylor: Utter joy. That describes the look of Taylor (right) and her sister as they ride a roller coaster at Walt Disney World®.
Trevin: The look on Trevin's face when he finds out his wish is coming true for a trip to Star Wars Weekend in Walt Disney World® is a true testament to the power of Make-A-Wish.
Avery: An awestruck Avery receives a hug from her favorite princess Ariel.
Michael: “You can be assured that for years and years hence, Michael, and his family will think back fondly to the time when he was the number one player of an incredible professional sports franchise. What a gift we have been given!”
Michael was granted his wish to be a member of the Pittsburgh Power arena football team.
Chloe: A WWE Superstar having a tea party with a young girl named Chloe fighting a life-threatening neurological disorder. Priceless.
Brendan: Brendan and his family enjoying time together as they experience fairy tales come to life.
Michael: Every Make-A-Wish child is a superhero, courageously fighting their medical conditions, including Michael.
Jeffrey: The joy of feeling like a normal family again during a vacation to the Grand Canyon that was "amazing beyond belief," according to Jeffrey's family.
Noah: Six-year-old Noah, who wished for horseback riding lessons, is transformed into a cowboy.
Zack: Zack's wish for a T-rex gave him the hope and strength to battle cancer.
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.