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Jun 16, 2017

Stay Strong, Solve the Problem: The Differences in a Dad's Journey

Make-A-Wish Fathers Day
In my past life, prior to working at Make-A-Wish, I worked in online communications for Autism Speaks. As I was exposed to countless parents who were grappling with an autism diagnosis for their child, I noticed an interesting trend: Moms sought each other out; they posted to their Facebook profiles asking for advice. They poured their hearts out to each other, seeking solace in the community of their friends and family. Dads preferred to stand back. They would go online at night (typically after everyone in their household had gone to bed) and do countless hours of research. A new obstacle had presented itself in their life’s plan and it was up to them to solve it. Men are protectors and fixers.

Jun 16, 2017

Stay Strong, Solve the Problem: The Differences in a Dad's Journey

Make-A-Wish Fathers Day
In my past life, prior to working at Make-A-Wish, I worked in online communications for Autism Speaks. As I was exposed to countless parents who were grappling with an autism diagnosis for their child, I noticed an interesting trend: Moms sought each other out; they posted to their Facebook profiles asking for advice. They poured their hearts out to each other, seeking solace in the community of their friends and family. Dads preferred to stand back. They would go online at night (typically after everyone in their household had gone to bed) and do countless hours of research. A new obstacle had presented itself in their life’s plan and it was up to them to solve it. Men are protectors and fixers.

Southwest Airlines Hikes Up Excitement Before a Wish

Jacob, Pro Bowl, Southwest Airlines, San Diego
Air travel is hectic work. Every airport is a complicated ballet of baggage, cargo, aircraft, people and weather. In the middle of all this on-the-job complexity, the Southwest Airlines team in San Diego rallied to be part of a Make-A-Wish experience for Jacob.

Jun 01, 2017

Southwest Airlines Hikes Up Excitement Before a Wish

Jacob, Pro Bowl, Southwest Airlines, San Diego
Air travel is hectic work. Every airport is a complicated ballet of baggage, cargo, aircraft, people and weather. In the middle of all this on-the-job complexity, the Southwest Airlines team in San Diego rallied to be part of a Make-A-Wish experience for Jacob.

Kids Turn to Music to Cope With Serious Illnesses

LaKayla, music video, Make-A-Wish Georgia
In many ways, LaKayla’s song “Fantasy” is like any other pop hit. The music video is professionally produced by Sam Frank Productions and features all the neon colors and cool outfits we’ve come to expect from modern music videos. Plus, the catchy hook will get stuck in your head for days!

May 26, 2017

Kids Turn to Music to Cope With Serious Illnesses

LaKayla, music video, Make-A-Wish Georgia
In many ways, LaKayla’s song “Fantasy” is like any other pop hit. The music video is professionally produced by Sam Frank Productions and features all the neon colors and cool outfits we’ve come to expect from modern music videos. Plus, the catchy hook will get stuck in your head for days!

From the Daily Heaviness to a Spark of Optimism

Henry Rollins, Make-A-Wish, optimism, Nate
“His face is always so clouded and guarded normally ...”

May 12, 2017

From the Daily Heaviness to a Spark of Optimism

Henry Rollins, Make-A-Wish, optimism, Nate
“His face is always so clouded and guarded normally ...”

Apr 21, 2017

Animal Wishes Bring Joy to Wish Kids

Caden, safari, Make-A-Wish Central New York
Six-year-old Alexis knows the happiness that animals can bring when life goes wrong. In her treatments for Wilms tumor, her family’s dog, Paco, always stayed by her side to comfort her. However, when Paco developed cancer, he had to be put down, and Alexis found herself wanting another furry friend in her life.

Apr 21, 2017

Animal Wishes Bring Joy to Wish Kids

Caden, safari, Make-A-Wish Central New York
Six-year-old Alexis knows the happiness that animals can bring when life goes wrong. In her treatments for Wilms tumor, her family’s dog, Paco, always stayed by her side to comfort her. However, when Paco developed cancer, he had to be put down, and Alexis found herself wanting another furry friend in her life.

Fighting the Emotional Effect of Illness with a Wish

Anderson, Twenty One Pilots, Metro New York and Western New York, Make-A-Wish
There’s a side to being diagnosed with a serious illness that not many people discuss – and that’s the emotional side. We talk about the medicine and therapy that combats the illness while the psychological effects often make us too uncomfortable.

Apr 13, 2017

Fighting the Emotional Effect of Illness with a Wish

Anderson, Twenty One Pilots, Metro New York and Western New York, Make-A-Wish
There’s a side to being diagnosed with a serious illness that not many people discuss – and that’s the emotional side. We talk about the medicine and therapy that combats the illness while the psychological effects often make us too uncomfortable.

Apr 07, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 2

Kallie, Make-A-Wish South Dakota, Hawaii
Each wish kid has a unique medical journey and set of circumstances that brought them to Make-A-Wish. And from a bug safari to a trip to Athens, the wish possibilities are endless.

Apr 07, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 2

Kallie, Make-A-Wish South Dakota, Hawaii
Each wish kid has a unique medical journey and set of circumstances that brought them to Make-A-Wish. And from a bug safari to a trip to Athens, the wish possibilities are endless.

Mar 24, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 1

Jaxston, Make-A-Wish Hawaii
How do I feel less lonely, more connected and more in charge of my own future? These are common worries that wish kids express, regardless of age. And I’d venture a guess that you have asked yourself at least one of these questions in your own life, even if you’ve never been seriously ill.

Mar 24, 2017

Wish Kids Through the Ages Part 1

Jaxston, Make-A-Wish Hawaii
How do I feel less lonely, more connected and more in charge of my own future? These are common worries that wish kids express, regardless of age. And I’d venture a guess that you have asked yourself at least one of these questions in your own life, even if you’ve never been seriously ill.

12 Things You Might Not Know About Make-A-Wish

Brody
Make-A-Wish has been going strong since the early ‘80s, but there’s a lot the general public still doesn’t know about how we operate. For example, do you know our biggest wish granter? Our most popular type of wish? Our first wish kid?

Mar 17, 2017

12 Things You Might Not Know About Make-A-Wish

Brody
Make-A-Wish has been going strong since the early ‘80s, but there’s a lot the general public still doesn’t know about how we operate. For example, do you know our biggest wish granter? Our most popular type of wish? Our first wish kid?

Mar 13, 2017

Medical Technology Helps Keep Traveling Wish Kids Safe

medical form, stethoscope, Pixabay
When Make-A-Wish patients travel to their wish destinations, they rarely bring their medical images with them, putting them at increased risk, exposing them to additional radiation, and making it harder for physicians to treat them. As a pediatric critical care physician working at an Orlando trauma hospital, I treat many wish children. We’re now using cloud-based medical image sharing to help families and their physicians coordinate safe trips and perpetuate the mission of Make-A-Wish.

Mar 13, 2017

Medical Technology Helps Keep Traveling Wish Kids Safe

medical form, stethoscope, Pixabay
When Make-A-Wish patients travel to their wish destinations, they rarely bring their medical images with them, putting them at increased risk, exposing them to additional radiation, and making it harder for physicians to treat them. As a pediatric critical care physician working at an Orlando trauma hospital, I treat many wish children. We’re now using cloud-based medical image sharing to help families and their physicians coordinate safe trips and perpetuate the mission of Make-A-Wish.

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