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Reflecting on Her Brother's Wish

Sam meets DJ Hardwell
Tessa Martyn’s brother, Sam, had his wish granted during the summer of 2016 to meet DJ Hardwell at Lollapalooza. In her own words, Tessa reflects on the hope of a wish journey.

Feb 15, 2019

Reflecting on Her Brother's Wish

Sam meets DJ Hardwell
Tessa Martyn’s brother, Sam, had his wish granted during the summer of 2016 to meet DJ Hardwell at Lollapalooza. In her own words, Tessa reflects on the hope of a wish journey.

Hope Is Medicine: A Medical Positive Outlook

Peddinti
Wishes provide kids hope when they need it most, and research shows they have effects on children’s overall well-being and health outcomes.

Jan 28, 2019

Hope Is Medicine: A Medical Positive Outlook

Peddinti
Wishes provide kids hope when they need it most, and research shows they have effects on children’s overall well-being and health outcomes.

Hope Is Medicine: Focusing on the Future

Charlie and his parents
Research shows that wishes have the possibility to give kids the hope and strength they need to fight harder. For children who are battling a critical illness, a wish can give them and their families the chance to believe anything is possible.

Jan 21, 2019

Hope Is Medicine: Focusing on the Future

Charlie and his parents
Research shows that wishes have the possibility to give kids the hope and strength they need to fight harder. For children who are battling a critical illness, a wish can give them and their families the chance to believe anything is possible.

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.

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.

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.

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