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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.

The Lasting Impact of a Wish

Nick on his wish to meet Anthony Kim
While enjoying Dallas, eating dinner and playing the game that he loves most with professional golfer Anthony Kim, Nick didn’t realize how much of a role Make-A-Wish would continue to play into his adult life.

Jul 08, 2019

The Lasting Impact of a Wish

Nick on his wish to meet Anthony Kim
While enjoying Dallas, eating dinner and playing the game that he loves most with professional golfer Anthony Kim, Nick didn’t realize how much of a role Make-A-Wish would continue to play into his adult life.

Bilingual Volunteers Help Grant Wishes… And So Much More

Yesenia, Oscar, & Wish Child Alejandra
Every child with a critical illness needs the hope and resilience a wish can bring into their lives. As Make-A-Wish Illinois works to reach these children, more volunteers in every neighborhood are needed to create life-changing wish experiences. Right now, the need for bilingual volunteers is urgent.

Jun 17, 2019

Bilingual Volunteers Help Grant Wishes… And So Much More

Yesenia, Oscar, & Wish Child Alejandra
Every child with a critical illness needs the hope and resilience a wish can bring into their lives. As Make-A-Wish Illinois works to reach these children, more volunteers in every neighborhood are needed to create life-changing wish experiences. Right now, the need for bilingual volunteers is urgent.

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