Day #44: Give to Make-A-Wish Foundation

For the last few days, my family and I have been at Disney World for a conference. We are home this evening in our fifth wheel and it feels so nice.

One of the things that comes to mind when I think of Disney are Make-A-Wish kids. Make-A-Wish is an organization that strives to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

Going to a theme park is certainly not the only wish made by these kids, but if you pay attention in the parks you will likely notice a family or two wearing Make-A-Wish t-shirts.

The four of us rode a lot of rides this weekend and we had lots of fun together as a family. Since Disney is fresh on our minds, we made a donation to Make-A-Wish this evening.

Do you know any Make-A-Wish families?

Comments

  1. My family was a Make A Wish family. My sister had Cystic Fibrosis and was able to take advantage of having a wish come true… We went on a cruise to the Bahamas. A very cool experience and memory that we cherish now that she is gone.
    Thanks for donating to make others wishes come true :)

  2. I don’t personally know a Make a Wish family, but it is a special organization to me. It is the official non-profit of my sorority (Chi Omega) and I love reading about wonderful stories of chapters granting wishes every year, all over the country!

  3. My daughter’s 11 year old best friend was diagnosed with Lymphoma last year. Make A Wish also grants wishes to children with serious, but not terminal illnesses. His family attended the Knicks game, courtside. His brother was so disappointed that the tickets were originally for just his brother and father, that Make A Wish was able to get them two more tickets so they could enjoy this as a family. Thankfully he is now in full remission and he is a model to us of grace and kindness in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

  4. Yeah!!! That is awesome! I was wondering if you had a chance to peek at Give Kids The World while you were at Disney World. It is a facility where we send out kids that wish to go to Disney World. Within GKTW they have casitas where the families stay, an icecream shop available at any hour of the night, the characters visit the Wish Kids for dinner and the best part is….they never have to leave the park. Disney is an awesome partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    I am so super blessed to work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. The incredibly brave kids that we get to talk to everyday, inspire me to never give up and to never lose hope! Thank you so much for donating to the foundation. Every dollar counts towards a wish!! If you live in Arizona you can donate to: http://www.wishaz.org

  5. We were a Make-a-Wish family in 2003 following our son’s heart transplant – he was 8 at the time. His wish was to go to a pickle factory – at that point he was all about the pickles!! He wanted to own a pickle factory when he grew up :) We went to Maryland where we also had family and enjoyed a wonderful trip seeing family that we hadn’t seen in many years – cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas…. it was wonderful!! Make-a-Wish and those that support it are truly angels who help ease some of the strain and struggle of having a seriously ill child. Thank you so much for supporting this organization and helping to make a child’s life just a little bit brighter!

    • Amber~ Wow…I work for Make-A-Wish in Arizona and I have a picture of your son at the pickle factory and I tell everyone I meet about how cool his wish was! People giggle and often get tears in their eyes as they listen to his experience at the pickle factory! His wish is by far my most favorite wish story and I am so glad to hear that your family had such an incredible experience!

  6. I don’t know a Make-A-Wish family, but I have heard only good about the organization – I am thankful that someone had the idea to start it up and that they have been able to grant so many wishes over the years.

  7. I have an acquaintance who just went with her family to Disney on their make a wish trip. They may have been one of the families you saw there in the park. Her youngest son was born with part of his brain missing. The Make A Wish experience was wonderful for them. To have an entire week to just be a family and do fun things…not just visit doctor appointments and juggle schedules. They were extremely blessed and will hold these memories close for a lifetime. It is a great organization.

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