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Aug 08, 2017

Happiness Happens Day

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Today marks the celebration of Happiness Happens Day! Whether it’s a simple smile or a gut-bursting giggle, it’s important to let happiness happen!

On this special day, we would like to recognize every moment of glee, joy and delight shared by some our wish families. 

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“Julia was born with a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of fallot. We found out last year that she would have to undergo yet another surgery to replace her pulmonary valve.

“Since Julia was faced with living with this lifelong critical illness, a friend referred us to Make-A-Wish®.

“Julia wanted to meet Lilo and Stitch. She loves Stitch and all the movies. So, that’s exactly what we did! Julia was granted her wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort.

“While we were there she got to have breakfast at ‘Ohana, where she was also at the head of the parade that went around the restaurant. Lilo held her hand and lead her around in front of the other children. We had so many wonderful experiences and felt the unconditional love that people had to offer us. She didn't have to worry about her scars or surgeries. She was just a little girl having fun. We knew she wouldn't get to have a normal summer like her friends. But this definitely made up for it!”

-Julia’s Mom

Happiness Happens Logan

"Last summer, our son Logan was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. When he was diagnosed, the first thing our doctor did was refer us to Make-A-Wish. Logan loves waterparks and rollercoasters, and we were lucky enough to have his wish fulfilled by going to Orlando, staying at Give Kids the World Village and visiting the theme parks in the area.  Since Logan's diagnosis, smiles and laughter had been in short supply. We were hopeful that he would enjoy the trip, but we did not know just how much. We saw more smiles and laughter from Logan during the trip than we had in the previous year. It was just what he needed. Thank you to all who helped get Logan's smile back!"

- Logan's Dad

Happiness Happens Kristen“We have not seen so many smiles in a long time! Kristen felt special and was doing things she would usually never get to do. Kristen’s wish also improved her
self-esteem as she played soccer with other people from around the world.
As a whole, this trip allowed us for a moment to see her as a child again.”

-Kristen’s Mom

Want to make happiness happen for other children? 
Refer them to Make-A-Wish and let the smiles begin. 


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.

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