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Jul 21, 2018

Mermaids keep Naomi strong

Mermaids keep Naomi strong

CBS 12 – Boca Raton, Fla.

Naomi loves everything about mermaids. Her wish to swim with them, and the hope of receiving her very own pink fins, kept her strong. “This day means a lot,” her mom said, “to see her happy.”

Jul 06, 2018

Celebrating life with his community

Celebrating Life With His Community

FOX 61 – Hartford, Conn.

After waiting two-and-a-half years, through treatments and open-heart surgery, Jack knew exactly what his wish would be: To thank the Town of Prospect by throwing party for everyone who supported him and his family during his journey with cancer.

Jun 12, 2018

Make-A-Wish® America CEO Announces Succession Plan

PR Newswire

Make-A-Wish America today announced that David Williams, president and CEO, will depart the organization later this year after a successful 14-year career helping to drive the organization's overall strategy and vision.

May 09, 2018

Kids sell lemonade

Kids sell lemonade for wishes

KAMC News – Lubbock

On the first Saturday in May, two groups of kids raised money, selling lemonade and snacks, to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. KAMC’s Sandra Eichenberg reports on the students who are transforming lives.

May 09, 2018

Wish Kid Nick checks out the way a vacuum works

Wish kid learns about his favorite vacuum cleaner

WCVB – Boston

Nick’s love for the Shark Rocket Vacuum led to his wish to go to SharkNinja headquarters in Boston. CEO Mark Rosenzweig and dozens of employees greeted Nick for his daylong tour, which included visits with the Industrial Design team and Engineering technicians. After lunch, Nick starred in an informercial taping with Rosenzweig as his co-host.

Apr 16, 2018

History fan and wish kid, John becomes a Revolutionary War drummer

History fan becomes a Revolutionary War drummer

Boston 25 News

John is a history buff who plays drums.

The teen from Anchorage traveled across America to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War reenactment. John chose Massachusetts because it is “where it all began."

On a rainy and windy morning, John marched and played for more than two miles with dozens of Acton, Lexington and Concord Minutemen.

Apr 16, 2018

A ukulele dream comes true for wish kid Celine

A ukulele dream comes true

KITV - Honolulu

While receiving treatments at a clinic, Celine fell in love with singing while playing the ukulele. She wished to visit Hawaii, where the ukulele was born.

Celine toured a factory to see firsthand the craft that goes into creating each instrument and, after her tour, she was surprised with a live performance by a few of her ukulele idols.

Mar 27, 2018

Wish kid Collin

Heart patient visits the doctors who saved his life

CBS 8 – San Diego

Collin, a heart patient from Hawaii, had a chance to go wherever he wanted for his Make-A-Wish experience, and he chose to travel to San Diego to meet the doctors who saved his life.

The wish was not only a reunion at Rady Children’s Hospital, but also a celebration of Collin’s birthday – he turned 12-years-old two days after arriving.

Mar 27, 2018

Dr. Jenn Pratt

Wish kid grows up to become doctor


Dr. Jen Pratt was 11 when an X-ray revealed her knee pain was being caused by a form of bone cancer growing in her femur.

“Rather than being just a kid, I was forced into a world of doctor appointments, scans, hospitalizations, and surgeries,” Jen says.

Now a pediatrician specializing in inpatient care, Jen says her time in the hospital as a child makes her a better doctor today.

Feb 21, 2018

Wish kid Scarlett's classmates

High school students grant
girl’s wish

CBS 4 – Denver

The students at Eagle Valley High School hoped to raise $5,000 to send 7-year-old Scarlett on her wish. By the end of “Wish Week,” the students, teachers and staff had collected enough money to grant several more wishes for local kids who’ve been diagnosed with a critical illness.