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My Daughter's Wish Helped Her Find A New Dream

Wish Kid Anna and her mom, Stephanie
When my daughter, Anna, was 12 years old, she was complaining of a headache every day. Doctors repeatedly told her it was nothing severe; that simple Advil and rest would help. Then, an appendix rupture sent her to the ER. While in the hospital, Anna started complaining of constant pain, numbness and tingling. No one could give us answers.

Apr 06, 2018

My Daughter's Wish Helped Her Find A New Dream

Wish Kid Anna and her mom, Stephanie
When my daughter, Anna, was 12 years old, she was complaining of a headache every day. Doctors repeatedly told her it was nothing severe; that simple Advil and rest would help. Then, an appendix rupture sent her to the ER. While in the hospital, Anna started complaining of constant pain, numbness and tingling. No one could give us answers.

4 Wishes that Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2017

Just a few of the wishes that made us say "wow" in 2017.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Your imagination is running wild, we’ll bet.

That’s the beauty of the Make-A-Wish® mission. When a child is given the chance to make a wish, they can envision the impossible as possible. They can dream big, just as you would.

Dec 11, 2017

4 Wishes that Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2017

Just a few of the wishes that made us say "wow" in 2017.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Your imagination is running wild, we’ll bet.

That’s the beauty of the Make-A-Wish® mission. When a child is given the chance to make a wish, they can envision the impossible as possible. They can dream big, just as you would.

Playing Basketball with Dirk Nowitzki Helped Me Turn My Life Around

Anna's wish was to meet Dirk Nowitzki, power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
Most of her life, Anna has experienced headaches and dizzy spells. Doctors often speculated these were caused by stress or anxiety — perhaps even allergies. But in February 2016, Anna received a far more devastating diagnosis: She had a brain tumor. On Feb. 25, 2016, she endured six hours of life-saving brain surgery.

Nov 03, 2017

Playing Basketball with Dirk Nowitzki Helped Me Turn My Life Around

Anna's wish was to meet Dirk Nowitzki, power forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
Most of her life, Anna has experienced headaches and dizzy spells. Doctors often speculated these were caused by stress or anxiety — perhaps even allergies. But in February 2016, Anna received a far more devastating diagnosis: She had a brain tumor. On Feb. 25, 2016, she endured six hours of life-saving brain surgery.

Sharing the Wonder

Hailey and R.J. Palacio
I was 13 when I found it. It was 448 pages of truth. For anyone who has found solace in the pages of a book or comfort in a character, they remember that moment, those words. Nine-year-old Hailey from Ann Arbor, Michigan, knows what I’m talking about.

Jun 30, 2014

Sharing the Wonder

Hailey and R.J. Palacio
I was 13 when I found it. It was 448 pages of truth. For anyone who has found solace in the pages of a book or comfort in a character, they remember that moment, those words. Nine-year-old Hailey from Ann Arbor, Michigan, knows what I’m talking about.

Goalies Connect During Boston Bruins Wish

Maddie, Boston Bruins, I wish to meet
Maddie and I have barely anything in common. She's a 9-year-old girl with cancer. I'm … well, let's say considerably older. But age, gender and medical condition? They’re irrelevant because Maddie is a goalie – just like I used to be. We automatically have an uncommon understanding.

May 16, 2014

Goalies Connect During Boston Bruins Wish

Maddie, Boston Bruins, I wish to meet
Maddie and I have barely anything in common. She's a 9-year-old girl with cancer. I'm … well, let's say considerably older. But age, gender and medical condition? They’re irrelevant because Maddie is a goalie – just like I used to be. We automatically have an uncommon understanding.

New Book Reveals the Celebrity Connection to Wish Kids

Wish Granted
Last year, 14,003 kids received a Make-A-Wish experience. More than 1,100 of those wishes involved a celebrity or athlete.

May 12, 2014

New Book Reveals the Celebrity Connection to Wish Kids

Wish Granted
Last year, 14,003 kids received a Make-A-Wish experience. More than 1,100 of those wishes involved a celebrity or athlete.

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Wish Nation gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish®. See how wishes come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or those who have been transformed by a wish. And learn why we are so committed to someday granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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