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Celebrating Life with Wish Kid & Past Make-A-Wish Intern Erika Moul

Erika and family in Hawaii
Did you hear? There was a worldwide celebration – a Celebration of Life. Millions of survivors united this past Sunday to show the world what life after cancer looks like.

Every first Sunday in June marks National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) – “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community.” According to the NCSD Foundation, nearly 14 million people are living with a history of cancer, and some of those survivors include our resilient and courageous wish kids.

Jun 02, 2014

Celebrating Life with Wish Kid & Past Make-A-Wish Intern Erika Moul

Erika and family in Hawaii
Did you hear? There was a worldwide celebration – a Celebration of Life. Millions of survivors united this past Sunday to show the world what life after cancer looks like.

Every first Sunday in June marks National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) – “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community.” According to the NCSD Foundation, nearly 14 million people are living with a history of cancer, and some of those survivors include our resilient and courageous wish kids.

Wish Wednesday: Wish Kid Jared Fulfills Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

Jared and USS Missouri
With Memorial Day right around the corner, we thought of the perfect wish to share with you: 13-year-old Jared, a military history buff, recently returned from his wish-come-true as he toured Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

May 21, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Wish Kid Jared Fulfills Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

Jared and USS Missouri
With Memorial Day right around the corner, we thought of the perfect wish to share with you: 13-year-old Jared, a military history buff, recently returned from his wish-come-true as he toured Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Wish Wednesday: Photos Worth a Thousand Words

Tyler get a lick from his new puppy, Bruce
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.

May 14, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Photos Worth a Thousand Words

Tyler get a lick from his new puppy, Bruce
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.

Wish Wednesday: March is National Social Work Month

Peter Social Work Month
March is National Social Work Month and we’ve asked a couple of our social workers to share their experiences with Make-A-Wish for this week’s blog. Social workers play a vital role in the wish process by making referrals for kids that may qualify for Make-A-Wish. Without their referrals, wishes could never come true!

Mar 19, 2014

Wish Wednesday: March is National Social Work Month

Peter Social Work Month
March is National Social Work Month and we’ve asked a couple of our social workers to share their experiences with Make-A-Wish for this week’s blog. Social workers play a vital role in the wish process by making referrals for kids that may qualify for Make-A-Wish. Without their referrals, wishes could never come true!

Feb 26, 2014

Wish Wednesday: National Tell a Fairytale Day

Aidan Becomes a Knight
Most of the fairytales we've all heard and know are found only in storybooks or the movies. However, in honor of National Tell a Fairytale Day, we have a few stories about some of our wish kids who have lived their own fairytales.

Feb 26, 2014

Wish Wednesday: National Tell a Fairytale Day

Aidan Becomes a Knight
Most of the fairytales we've all heard and know are found only in storybooks or the movies. However, in honor of National Tell a Fairytale Day, we have a few stories about some of our wish kids who have lived their own fairytales.

Feb 20, 2014

A Child's Best Friend

Alfonso and Jaden first meet
Helen Keller once said, "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” A friend is just what our wish kids need -- someone to help them get through the tough times. When we ask our kids what their fondest wish would be, many answer a trip to Walt Disney World or a shopping spree to help get their minds off of their conditions. But others wish for a furry best friend. In honor of Love Your Pet day, here are the stories of a couple adorable wish kids who wanted a new puppy pal for their wish.

Feb 20, 2014

A Child's Best Friend

Alfonso and Jaden first meet
Helen Keller once said, "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” A friend is just what our wish kids need -- someone to help them get through the tough times. When we ask our kids what their fondest wish would be, many answer a trip to Walt Disney World or a shopping spree to help get their minds off of their conditions. But others wish for a furry best friend. In honor of Love Your Pet day, here are the stories of a couple adorable wish kids who wanted a new puppy pal for their wish.

Feb 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

Feb 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

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.

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.

Jan 22, 2014

Once I Started, I Couldn't Stop: From Intern to Staff

Liz (top right) at Chi Omega's annual event Make A Dish for Make-A-Wish
I first got involved with Make-A-Wish when I joined my sorority, Chi Omega, at the University of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish is our national philanthropy, and after learning more about the organization I knew I wanted to do something more – but the question remained: what could I do and how? I soon found out that a couple of my older sisters were interns at the Pittsburgh office, and there was my answer.

Jan 22, 2014

Once I Started, I Couldn't Stop: From Intern to Staff

Liz (top right) at Chi Omega's annual event Make A Dish for Make-A-Wish
I first got involved with Make-A-Wish when I joined my sorority, Chi Omega, at the University of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish is our national philanthropy, and after learning more about the organization I knew I wanted to do something more – but the question remained: what could I do and how? I soon found out that a couple of my older sisters were interns at the Pittsburgh office, and there was my answer.

Jan 15, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Top 2013 Wish Moments

Looks of joy and surprise as Trevin's wish is revealed by Darth Vader and two Storm Troopers
When you look back at a year, you often think of special moments -- those short periods in time that made a difference and brought a smile to your face.

For our Make-A-Wish chapter, 2013 was a big year. So, before we get too far in to 2014, let's take a look back at the wishes and events in 2013 that stood out for our chapter.

Jan 15, 2014

Wish Wednesday: Top 2013 Wish Moments

Looks of joy and surprise as Trevin's wish is revealed by Darth Vader and two Storm Troopers
When you look back at a year, you often think of special moments -- those short periods in time that made a difference and brought a smile to your face.

For our Make-A-Wish chapter, 2013 was a big year. So, before we get too far in to 2014, let's take a look back at the wishes and events in 2013 that stood out for our chapter.

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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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