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Alina's Empowerment

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On Friday, May 24, more than 50 wish kids came to PNC Park as part of the Kurt Weiss Scholarship Reception. Each year, Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and Make-A-Wish® award scholarships to wish kids pursuing secondary education. To date, more than 780 wish kids have received a monetary gift through the scholarship program.

May 29, 2019

Alina's Empowerment

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On Friday, May 24, more than 50 wish kids came to PNC Park as part of the Kurt Weiss Scholarship Reception. Each year, Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and Make-A-Wish® award scholarships to wish kids pursuing secondary education. To date, more than 780 wish kids have received a monetary gift through the scholarship program.

New Beginnings for the Class of 2016

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On the evening of June 3rd, 63 wish kids – now high school graduates – celebrated new beginnings at the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship Reception at PNC Park. After facing countless challenges due to their medical conditions and having their most heartfelt wishes granted, it was time for these college-bound grads to pursue their newfound dreams for the future. While reading the goals, aspirations and stories of our scholarship applicants, it was clear that each and every applicant possessed incredible courage and strength.

Jun 09, 2016

New Beginnings for the Class of 2016

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On the evening of June 3rd, 63 wish kids – now high school graduates – celebrated new beginnings at the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship Reception at PNC Park. After facing countless challenges due to their medical conditions and having their most heartfelt wishes granted, it was time for these college-bound grads to pursue their newfound dreams for the future. While reading the goals, aspirations and stories of our scholarship applicants, it was clear that each and every applicant possessed incredible courage and strength.

A New Chapter of Life Unfolds for Graduating Wish Kids

Graduating wish kids with Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly. Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judi Stone, Chief Operating Officer Ann Hohn and Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas at the Kurt R. Weiss Reception at PNC Park
While reading the goals, dreams and stories of the 50 graduating wish kids who recently applied for our chapter's Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship, I couldn't help thinking of a quote from American author William Arthur Ward -- “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” The diagnosis of cancer or a life-threatening illness could be a reason for anyone to give up. However, these wish kids scholarship recipients wouldn't let their diagnoses define them. For many, their wish experience gave them a “can-do” attitude, and inspired many of them to take up challenges they hadn't thought possible. In the coming weeks, these kids will be graduating from Pennsylvania and West Virginia high schools, ready to start a new chapter in their life and conquer a new challenge -- college.

May 28, 2014

A New Chapter of Life Unfolds for Graduating Wish Kids

Graduating wish kids with Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly. Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judi Stone, Chief Operating Officer Ann Hohn and Development Coordinator Andrea Ballas at the Kurt R. Weiss Reception at PNC Park
While reading the goals, dreams and stories of the 50 graduating wish kids who recently applied for our chapter's Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship, I couldn't help thinking of a quote from American author William Arthur Ward -- “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” The diagnosis of cancer or a life-threatening illness could be a reason for anyone to give up. However, these wish kids scholarship recipients wouldn't let their diagnoses define them. For many, their wish experience gave them a “can-do” attitude, and inspired many of them to take up challenges they hadn't thought possible. In the coming weeks, these kids will be graduating from Pennsylvania and West Virginia high schools, ready to start a new chapter in their life and conquer a new challenge -- college.

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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