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This Mother’s Day we celebrate what it means to be a wish mom

We invite you to read what local wish moms are saying, as they have seen the life-affirming mission of Make-A-Wish firsthand. Mother’s like Angel, Darien, Katie, Gwynne and Kim - whose children experienced a break from their daily medical treatments and were given the life-transforming gift of a wish.

These women are just a handful of mothers whose lives were changed because of generous supporters like you. On behalf of these moms and all of our wish moms, we thank you for your continued support of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

We hope you enjoy reading these inspirational testimonials as much as we did. Then, we invite you to honor a mother in your life, by celebrating what it means to love and be loved this Mother’s Day.

Angel and Corbin   Angel & Corbin

Q: Tell us a little about Corbin's wish experience.

A: Corbin’s wish experience came at an especially crucial time in our lives. While he’s already soldiered through three major surgeries before he turned one, the next one would be totally different. He was preparing to get a new pacemaker at an age where he would be totally aware of what was going on; the pain, the fear, all of it. Corbin was able to go to Disney World three months before he received his new pacemaker. Not only did he get to feel just like a worry free kid, he felt like a super special star. Every day he said “this is the best day ever!"

Q: What impact did Corbin’s wish have on him and your family?

A: Our time on his wish allowed us all to be worry free and focus on having family fun. We were able to spend some time focusing on the joy of life and I feel we all went into Corbin’s next procedure stronger because of it.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish mom”?

A: Being a wish mom is one of the biggest blessings of my life. Seeing my son’s face beam with joy and light while having his greatest wish come true makes it easier to comfort him in some of the moments of his greatest pain. I wish every child facing life threatening illnesses can have a similar experience and our family is now dedicated to doing what we can to make that happen.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: Supporting Make-A-Wish touches so many lives including the ones who support its mission. Please help make someone’s wish come true, because it is truly a game-changer for a child facing a critical illness. 

 Darien and Sam Darien & Sam

Q: Tell us a little about Sam's wish experience.

A: Wishing for a puppy and having that wish granted has been one of the greatest moments in Sam's life! Kai has been such a blessing to our entire family and has been able to keep Sam positive and strong during his ongoing medical procedures.

Q: What impact did Sam’s wish have on him and your family?

A: Kai represents a different future for Sam...a brighter future. He is able to take fear and sadness that Sam experiences and turn those feelings into joy and optimism. We all absolutely adore Kai and he equally adores each one of us. He is a chocolate Labradoodle and full of energy and endless kisses and back side wags. You can't help but smile when you see him!

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish mom”?

A: Being a wish mom, I have the privilege to see Sam’s one-true wish unfold each and every day. I also get to see just how his wish has gifted our entire family with so much love, hope, happiness, and life!” To see that huge smile on Sam's face as he greets Kai in the morning and as Kai greets him with a boat load of kisses warms my heart to the core! We are eternally grateful to Make-A-Wish and its supporters for such a blessing that could not have been possible without the support of others! This organization truly makes the lives of children, who have been sick and suffering, better--one wish at a time--and it is incredible!

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: By supporting and donating to Make-A-Wish, you are not only granting a wish but you have the power to truly change lives and we have seen this first hand in our family. Whether you are a mom of a wish kid or know a wish kid of another mom, you know the impact wishes have not only on their well-being, but the well-being of the entire family. Having a critically sick child affects the entire family and to see the joy a wish experience brings to the entire family is truly priceless. It is just incredible to watch and experience!

Gwynne and Luke  Gwynne & Luke

Q: Tell us a little about Luke's wish experience.

A: He got to be a kid again!  A very special kid.  For the rest of us, we too got to embrace the day as a family and treasure the joy, laughter, friendships, love, memories, and soccer together.  It gave us all the energy, strength, and hope we needed to get us all to that Bell Ringing Day!

Q: What impact did Luke's wish have on him and your family?

A: Luke’s wish experience affected us all.  For Luke, it allowed him to forget about the pills, the IVs, shots, blood draws, port, chemo and all the side effects that went along with those things.  I remember him looking at me one day early on in his treatment and saying, “I’m done being a kid.  I won’t get to be a regular kid again.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish mom”?

A: Being a mom has been one of the greatest joys in my life, and being a “wish mom” takes it to a whole new level.  The birth of your child instantly fills your heart with love.  With that love, also comes the overwhelming need to protect your child and give them the best life possible.  When you hear the doctor tell you “your son has cancer”, everything changes.  Now, you take on the fight for your child’s life.  Then someone comes along and tells you among all the chaos, your child can “wish” for anything they want.  What an amazing gift to give a child...and the family.  As a “wish mom” I think that is one of the most important things that I try to let everyone know.  A wish is granted for a child but experienced by the whole family.  It is my job to help in whatever capacity I can to make sure other children and families get to become a part of this wonderful and inspiring “Wish Family”.  Our family grew a lot the day Luke’s wish was granted.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: Think back to the first time your child looked at you and truly smiled.  Do you remember how that felt?  That feeling that someone loved you and needed you so much.  Well a wish can do the same thing for so many kids.  By helping to provide “wishes”, each person involved is someway helping a child truly smile again.  And seeing that smile, is a smile that will forever touch the hearts of all that were involved.

 Katie and Noah Katie & Noah

Q: Tell us a little about Noah's wish experience.

A: Noah’s wish to meet Cam Newton was incredible. Noah really hit if off with Cam and they became close. In fact, he often refers to Cam as "his friend" when referring to him. Noah really enjoyed all of the one-on-one time Cam spent with him. The company Lokai was also part of Noah's wish. Their philosophy of "when you are at your low, be hopeful and when you are at your high, be humble" gets us through many hospital visits or sick times.

Q: What impact did Noah’s wish have on him and your family?

A: Noah's wish created life-long memories for our entire family. Whenever he is sick or in the hospital, which is often, we talk about his wish.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish mom”?

A: Being a wish mom is something I never thought I'd be. However, I have a whole new family now with Make-A-Wish. I am also now a volunteer wish granter and often share my experiences with other moms. The nervousness of going out of town and needing medical support, just being an ear to listen to all the other "wish moms" out there. It is no group a person wants to belong to but Make-A-Wish is such a great organization that forgetting your child is sick, if only for a moment or during a trip, is something that every wish mom needs.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: DO IT!!!! Becoming a wish granter and participating in all of the Make-A-Wish events is a constant reminder of the wonderful experience we had. I know that sounds like an oxymoron because you don't want to remember your child being sick. However, it is a glimpse of hope and constant smiles when we reminisce about Noah’s wish. I support Make-A-Wish in many ways: Noah and I attend the "thank-a-thon," we raise money for the Walk For Wishes, and I am currently a wish granter volunteering my time and lending a shoulder of support to other wish moms. If I can ever do more, I definitely will. Noah is counting down the days until he can be a wish granter too. WE LOVE MAKE-A-WISH and continue to support it as much as possible.

Kim and Alyssa    Kim & Alyssa

Q: Tell us a little about Alyssa's wish experience.

A: After Alyssa received the news that her wish was being granted she saw that there were really special people that cared about her. It was amazing to see so many supporters rally behind her and her wish. People that did not even know her or her story donated their time and money to help give her strength while she was going through some of the worst times in her life. It was truly special.

Q: What impact did Alyssa’s wish have on her and your family?

A: To hear that Alyssa’s one-true wish was coming true, gave our family hope. Hope that there are people that will care, love and support you in a time that no parent thinks anyone understands. Hope that there is more than just hospital visits, tests, and scans.

Q: What does it mean to be a “wish mom”?

A: A “wish mom” is an amazing title to have but it is also a title that you hope other moms don’t have to receive. Having this title means we are part of a new family. Part of a family of hope and strength, yet with it comes fear and anxiety. That being said, no matter how we got here, this new family is here to help other mothers fight, when their children feel helpless.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

A: In life you never think it will happen to your child. Your child is a good kid, she lives in a safe environment, she gets everything she needs and wants. There will be a time when everyone needs someone to lean on, someone to walk them through a rough patch. Make-A-Wish supports so many kids and families to help them get through those rough patches. To help and to get involved is something I am so very grateful for, not only because our daughter received her wish, but because we want to help and support others like the supporters that helped us when we needed it most.

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