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2020 Women Impacting Wishes Honoree: Maggie O'Connor, BA, CCLS

Maggie O'Connor, BA, CCLS
Talking about the wish offers Maggie an opportunity to build a relationship with her patients as they discover, plan and receive their wishes.

Jun 26, 2020

2020 Women Impacting Wishes Honoree: Maggie O'Connor, BA, CCLS

Maggie O'Connor, BA, CCLS
Talking about the wish offers Maggie an opportunity to build a relationship with her patients as they discover, plan and receive their wishes.

2020 Women Impacting Wishes Honoree: Allison West, MS, CCLS

Allison West OSF
In working with young patients every day, she sees how deeply a diagnosis of a critical illness can affect their disposition.

Jun 24, 2020

2020 Women Impacting Wishes Honoree: Allison West, MS, CCLS

Allison West OSF
In working with young patients every day, she sees how deeply a diagnosis of a critical illness can affect their disposition.

Advice From A Wish Family: Pediatrician Shelly

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Shelly Flais is a pediatrician, clinical professor at Northwestern University, and wish parent. Last year, her daughter Nancy was diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy began almost right away and support staff referred the Flais family to Make-A-Wish Illinois.

May 19, 2020

Advice From A Wish Family: Pediatrician Shelly

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Shelly Flais is a pediatrician, clinical professor at Northwestern University, and wish parent. Last year, her daughter Nancy was diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy began almost right away and support staff referred the Flais family to Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Advice From A Wish Family: Ramona

Ramona Lapp Whitt
Ramona and her family know volumes about isolation and distancing stemming from her brain tumor diagnosis in 2015. Surgery and proton radiation immediately helped, but doctors discovered a recurrence in 2018 and Ramona had another surgery and an additional round of more than 30 proton radiation treatments.

Mar 30, 2020

Advice From A Wish Family: Ramona

Ramona Lapp Whitt
Ramona and her family know volumes about isolation and distancing stemming from her brain tumor diagnosis in 2015. Surgery and proton radiation immediately helped, but doctors discovered a recurrence in 2018 and Ramona had another surgery and an additional round of more than 30 proton radiation treatments.

Ideas for Kids at Home from our Wish Granters

Wish Journey
For the children we serve, the wish journey is just as important as the wish itself.

Mar 19, 2020

Ideas for Kids at Home from our Wish Granters

Wish Journey
For the children we serve, the wish journey is just as important as the wish itself.

Why do you give?

Don Pall, longtime donor and supporter
As a professional baseball player for 15 years, Donn Pall was living his dream as he stepped onto the field every day with the Chicago White Sox. He felt lucky to have that chance and decided then and there that helping make wishes come true was how he was going to give back.

Nov 13, 2019

Why do you give?

Don Pall, longtime donor and supporter
As a professional baseball player for 15 years, Donn Pall was living his dream as he stepped onto the field every day with the Chicago White Sox. He felt lucky to have that chance and decided then and there that helping make wishes come true was how he was going to give back.

Mattoon Couple Organizes Inaugural Fundraiser

Sid and Joy
After participating in Pennsylvania’s Franklin County Truck Convoy to benefit Make-A-Wish for seven years, Sid and Joy Eggers were shocked to find out that Illinois didn’t have one when they relocated in 2017. So, they decided to start planning the very first.

Aug 07, 2019

Mattoon Couple Organizes Inaugural Fundraiser

Sid and Joy
After participating in Pennsylvania’s Franklin County Truck Convoy to benefit Make-A-Wish for seven years, Sid and Joy Eggers were shocked to find out that Illinois didn’t have one when they relocated in 2017. So, they decided to start planning the very first.

Daughter's Wish Trip Inspires Family to Give Back

Carrie and her family
Make-A-Wish gave our family everlasting heart warming memories that we so needed in our lives...

Aug 05, 2019

Daughter's Wish Trip Inspires Family to Give Back

Carrie and her family
Make-A-Wish gave our family everlasting heart warming memories that we so needed in our lives...

Honored for Making a Difference

Tanisha at Women, Wine & Wishes
As a sickle cell nurse practitioner, Tanisha spends most of her days engaged in care coordination and managing inpatient and outpatient rounding, prescriptions and family support. She also has the ability to refer patients to Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Jul 15, 2019

Honored for Making a Difference

Tanisha at Women, Wine & Wishes
As a sickle cell nurse practitioner, Tanisha spends most of her days engaged in care coordination and managing inpatient and outpatient rounding, prescriptions and family support. She also has the ability to refer patients to Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Sister's Wish Journey Inspires Medical Professional

Kevynne with 2018 Women Impacting Wishes Honorees
When her sister was diagnosed with cancer at 13-years-old, Kevynne Chawla first encountered Make-A-Wish. Her sister wished to travel to Hawaii and meet the stars of 50 First Dates. Now, 15 years later as a child life specialist, Kevynne is motivated to help every eligible child feel the transformative power of a wish that she witnessed firsthand.

Jul 11, 2019

Sister's Wish Journey Inspires Medical Professional

Kevynne with 2018 Women Impacting Wishes Honorees
When her sister was diagnosed with cancer at 13-years-old, Kevynne Chawla first encountered Make-A-Wish. Her sister wished to travel to Hawaii and meet the stars of 50 First Dates. Now, 15 years later as a child life specialist, Kevynne is motivated to help every eligible child feel the transformative power of a wish that she witnessed firsthand.

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