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Volunteer Spotlight - Derek Robb

Volunteer of the Month October 2018 - Derek Robb
Every Make-A-Wish volunteer, whether they're granting wishes or helping out at some of our events, brings their own insight and experiences to the job and to the organization.

Oct 10, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Derek Robb

Volunteer of the Month October 2018 - Derek Robb
Every Make-A-Wish volunteer, whether they're granting wishes or helping out at some of our events, brings their own insight and experiences to the job and to the organization.

Volunteer Spotlight - Yesenia Presley

Yesenia Presley
Yesenia Presley gives as much of herself to others as she can.

Sep 10, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Yesenia Presley

Yesenia Presley
Yesenia Presley gives as much of herself to others as she can.

Volunteer Spotlight - Annica Schael

Annica Schael
Seeing how a wish experience impacted her friend's grandson, Annica decided to volunteer with Make-A-Wish. She quickly realized, “Life is bigger than me” and redoubled her volunteer efforts to make a difference.

Aug 09, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Annica Schael

Annica Schael
Seeing how a wish experience impacted her friend's grandson, Annica decided to volunteer with Make-A-Wish. She quickly realized, “Life is bigger than me” and redoubled her volunteer efforts to make a difference.

The Laughter Lives On

Jake Meets Robin Williams, 1999
Fearless, Jake lived every day with energy and passion for the activities and people he loved.

Jul 25, 2018

The Laughter Lives On

Jake Meets Robin Williams, 1999
Fearless, Jake lived every day with energy and passion for the activities and people he loved.

Thousands Will Enjoy Work of Local Student with Make-A-Wish Connection

Percy and family enjoy ice cream at Give Kids the World Village
For more than 20 years, Matt Giddens of Buffalo Grove has observed the uplifting impact being a volunteer for Make-A-Wish has had on his grandfather George. Using his skills, he's also helping to make a difference for children with critical illnesses and their families.

Jul 06, 2018

Thousands Will Enjoy Work of Local Student with Make-A-Wish Connection

Percy and family enjoy ice cream at Give Kids the World Village
For more than 20 years, Matt Giddens of Buffalo Grove has observed the uplifting impact being a volunteer for Make-A-Wish has had on his grandfather George. Using his skills, he's also helping to make a difference for children with critical illnesses and their families.

Volunteer Spotlight - Jake Ochroch

Aubrey Widmayer with her wish granters.
On an October day in 2004, 10-year-old Jake Ochroch was in his hometown of Philadelphia completely starstruck. He was meeting one of his heroes: Bruce Springsteen. Jake had just finished a tough year-long battle with cancer and he and his family, all of whom are big Springsteen fans, couldn’t wait to meet the musician on his Vote For Change Tour. The Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter granted Jake the experience, and his Make-A-Wish journey didn’t end that night, it was just beginning.

Jul 03, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Jake Ochroch

Aubrey Widmayer with her wish granters.
On an October day in 2004, 10-year-old Jake Ochroch was in his hometown of Philadelphia completely starstruck. He was meeting one of his heroes: Bruce Springsteen. Jake had just finished a tough year-long battle with cancer and he and his family, all of whom are big Springsteen fans, couldn’t wait to meet the musician on his Vote For Change Tour. The Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter granted Jake the experience, and his Make-A-Wish journey didn’t end that night, it was just beginning.

Jul 03, 2018

Kim Gives Monthly After Seeing A Wish's Power Firsthand

Ryan and Bill Gates, 2001
For the past 17 years, Make-A-Wish Illinois has been Kim Abney's favorite charity.

Jul 03, 2018

Kim Gives Monthly After Seeing A Wish's Power Firsthand

Ryan and Bill Gates, 2001
For the past 17 years, Make-A-Wish Illinois has been Kim Abney's favorite charity.

Jackie brings hope to Lurie Children's epilepsy patients

Val Warner and Anna Nannicelli present a 2018 Women & Wishes Award to Jackie Wolak
The job of a nurse can be grueling at times. Children can associate you with both good things – like lollipops after a check-up – or bad things – like injections and other painful treatments. Jacqueline “Jackie” Wolak, an Advanced Practice Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner in the Epilepsy Division of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, finds joy in bringing her patients hope through referring them to Make-A-Wish.

Jun 26, 2018

Jackie brings hope to Lurie Children's epilepsy patients

Val Warner and Anna Nannicelli present a 2018 Women & Wishes Award to Jackie Wolak
The job of a nurse can be grueling at times. Children can associate you with both good things – like lollipops after a check-up – or bad things – like injections and other painful treatments. Jacqueline “Jackie” Wolak, an Advanced Practice Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner in the Epilepsy Division of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, finds joy in bringing her patients hope through referring them to Make-A-Wish.

Volunteer Spotlight - Jessica Cañas

Jessica Cañas
Jessica Cañas was introduced to Make-A-Wish after a close friend and Make-A-Wish employee told her about the need for bilingual and bicultural volunteers. Jessica, a 35-year-old college pipeline specialist at a Little Village community organization called Enlace Chicago, worked hard to find volunteers that fit the criteria within the community, until one day she had an epiphany: “Why don’t I just do it?”

Jun 12, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Jessica Cañas

Jessica Cañas
Jessica Cañas was introduced to Make-A-Wish after a close friend and Make-A-Wish employee told her about the need for bilingual and bicultural volunteers. Jessica, a 35-year-old college pipeline specialist at a Little Village community organization called Enlace Chicago, worked hard to find volunteers that fit the criteria within the community, until one day she had an epiphany: “Why don’t I just do it?”

Jun 04, 2018

Wish Friendship Begins At The Highwood Pumpkin Festival

Sydney & Betsy

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