Make-A-Wish Metro New York

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York

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Description: Wishes are more than just a nice thing
A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.
This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.
Most of all, it's the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.
Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.
Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles...wishes find a way to make the world better.

To a child battling a critical illness, a wish can feel like a dream.
(VISUAL: little girl sleeping in bed with pill bottles shown on their nightstand)
“I wish to train with astronauts.” Addison, 8, Wilms Tumor.
(VISUAL: overhead view of little girl shown in bed with astronaut comforter, gazing at ceiling)
But with your help, it isn’t out of reach.
(VISUAL: two little girls in a hospital room playing cowgirl)
Wishes are an important part of medical treatment.
“I wish to be a cowgirl.” Kionna, 10, cancer
(VISUAL: overhead view of little girl in bed with cowgirl comforter, gazing at ceiling)
A chance for kids to see themselves stronger, braver, to see that the impossible is possible.
(VISUAL: little boy in bed tossing a football up in the air)
“I wish to be a football player.” Adam, 13, nervous system disorder
(VISUAL: overhead view of little boy in bed under comforter with the design of a football player in a wheelchair)
“I wish to swim with mermaids.” Yaretzi, 9, liver transplant
(VISUAL: little girl in a hospital bed playing with a stuffed animal starfish and having her hair done, next she is seen in an overhead view laying in bed under a mermaid comforter)
Wishes can give kids the strength to fight, to get better, to grow up.
(VISUAL: little boy playing with dinosaur action figures in his bedroom)
“I wish to be a dinosaur.” Hunter, 5, leukemia
(VISUAL: overhead view of little boy jumping into bed on top of dinosaur comforter)
“15 years ago, I wished to be a firefighter.” Ezra, genetic disorder
(VISUAL: overhead view of young man waking up and jumping out of bed to put on his shoes in a firehouse responding to an alarm)
Make-A-Wish Metro New York. Wishes need you. Donate today at
(VISUAL: Make-A-Wish Metro New York logo)