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Zoo Adventure Brings Respite and Relaxation

Skyla wished to go to the San Diego Zoo
Although 3-year-old Skyla is battling kidney cancer, she has never let it deter her from fun activities with family and friends. When she isn’t painting, coloring or playing outside, she loves learning about new animals. Her fearless spirit and curiosity inspired her wish to visit one of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo.

Nov 05, 2019

Zoo Adventure Brings Respite and Relaxation

Skyla wished to go to the San Diego Zoo
Although 3-year-old Skyla is battling kidney cancer, she has never let it deter her from fun activities with family and friends. When she isn’t painting, coloring or playing outside, she loves learning about new animals. Her fearless spirit and curiosity inspired her wish to visit one of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo.

Actress Vanessa Bayer Reflects on Her Wish 20 Years Later

Vanessa Bayer
When actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer meets wish kids, she has more in common with them than they might realize. Vanessa battled leukemia as a teenager, and in 1999, she, too, had a life-changing wish granted. Now, she’s written a children’s book with advice for kids and their families about how to support a friend with a critical illness. Vanessa talks with Make-A-Wish® America about how her wish still has an impact on her 20 years later.

Jun 04, 2019

Actress Vanessa Bayer Reflects on Her Wish 20 Years Later

Vanessa Bayer
When actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer meets wish kids, she has more in common with them than they might realize. Vanessa battled leukemia as a teenager, and in 1999, she, too, had a life-changing wish granted. Now, she’s written a children’s book with advice for kids and their families about how to support a friend with a critical illness. Vanessa talks with Make-A-Wish® America about how her wish still has an impact on her 20 years later.

Out of the Archives: Super Bowl LII is Payoff After Wish Kid’s Hard Work

Dylan's wish to go to the Super Bowl was granted in 2018.
Dylan’s battle with cancer wasn’t tough only because of treatment. Although he always knew he had a strong chance of beating his illness, he was so often anxiously awaiting test results, making dreaded visits to doctors and specialists and missing out on high school activities he once loved that he felt hopeless. His wish to go to the Super Bowl in 2018 was his “celebration of being done with all of that.”

Jan 30, 2019

Out of the Archives: Super Bowl LII is Payoff After Wish Kid’s Hard Work

Dylan's wish to go to the Super Bowl was granted in 2018.
Dylan’s battle with cancer wasn’t tough only because of treatment. Although he always knew he had a strong chance of beating his illness, he was so often anxiously awaiting test results, making dreaded visits to doctors and specialists and missing out on high school activities he once loved that he felt hopeless. His wish to go to the Super Bowl in 2018 was his “celebration of being done with all of that.”

4 Wishes That Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2018

These four wishes made us say "wow" in 2019.
A wish brings new life to the passions, talents and hobbies of children who are battling critical illnesses. Every wish is tailored to its wish kid’s true personality and interests — and we are so often taken aback by the level of creativity, humility, joy, and community involvement that these wishes inspire. Here are just a few of those amazing wish moments from 2018.

Jan 07, 2019

4 Wishes That Made Us Say ‘Wow’ in 2018

These four wishes made us say "wow" in 2019.
A wish brings new life to the passions, talents and hobbies of children who are battling critical illnesses. Every wish is tailored to its wish kid’s true personality and interests — and we are so often taken aback by the level of creativity, humility, joy, and community involvement that these wishes inspire. Here are just a few of those amazing wish moments from 2018.

Four Sea Wishes We Couldn't Wait to See

Cade's wish was a sea wish we couldn't wait to see.
Whether wishing to explore the underwater world through the eyes of sharks, fishing in Costa Rica waters, snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef or even swimming on the Bahamas coast with pigs – yes, pigs – Sea wishes are as unique as the children who wish for them.

Aug 30, 2018

Four Sea Wishes We Couldn't Wait to See

Cade's wish was a sea wish we couldn't wait to see.
Whether wishing to explore the underwater world through the eyes of sharks, fishing in Costa Rica waters, snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef or even swimming on the Bahamas coast with pigs – yes, pigs – Sea wishes are as unique as the children who wish for them.

Wish Trips Transform Airline Crews

Deacon, 6, neuromuscular disorder, I wish to have an airplane adventure
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

Aug 28, 2018

Wish Trips Transform Airline Crews

Deacon, 6, neuromuscular disorder, I wish to have an airplane adventure
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Aug 24, 2018

Recent College Grad Donates Millions of Airline Miles for Wishes

Ryan Pickren has donated the most airline miles in Make-A-Wish history.
What if you could turn one of your worst days into one of the best days for a child facing a critical illness and their family?

That’s exactly what Ryan Pickren did.

Ready for a Land Adventure and It Feels Snow Good

Frankie wished to see snow
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

Aug 14, 2018

Ready for a Land Adventure and It Feels Snow Good

Frankie wished to see snow
During the month of August, we celebrate some of our most generous national travel sponsors that make wish trips more memorable than the average family vacation.

How Do Wish Trips Transform Lives?

Katya, 8, blood disorder, I wish to go on a Hawaiian cruise
For many families, a wish trip is a much-needed escape from the reality of battling a critical illness. In some cases, traveling to a far-off destination provides wish kids with a sense of detachment from a difficult place they’ve been in.

Aug 06, 2018

How Do Wish Trips Transform Lives?

Katya, 8, blood disorder, I wish to go on a Hawaiian cruise
For many families, a wish trip is a much-needed escape from the reality of battling a critical illness. In some cases, traveling to a far-off destination provides wish kids with a sense of detachment from a difficult place they’ve been in.

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Editor’s note: Jimmy’s wish story was originally published to Wish Nation in November 2017. We caught up with Jimmy recently about how his wish transformed his life and the lives of others.

Jul 10, 2018

JetBlue Wish Flight Leaves a Lasting Impression

Editor’s note: Jimmy’s wish story was originally published to Wish Nation in November 2017. We caught up with Jimmy recently about how his wish transformed his life and the lives of others.

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