It began with a wish and a puppy. Two-year-old JD, who was battling Rhabdoid cancer, saw a white poodle puppy while receiving treatment and couldn’t think of anything else. JD's mother, Denese, had recently heard of a new foundation that granted wishes to sick children. Could they help make her son's wish to have a puppy of his own come true?
A boy's wish to have a puppy was granted and Make-A-Wish Missouri was born.
Since granting its first wish in 1983, Make-A-Wish Missouri has provided hope, strength and joy to children all over Missouri, granting wishes as unique as each child's imagination.
Wishes typically fall into four categories.
1. I wish to have... (a dog, a computer, a shopping spree)
2. I wish to go... (to Disney, to Hawaii, on a cruise)
3. I wish to meet... (a famous athlete, a favorite actor, a musician)
4. I wish to be (a fireman, a ninja, an Army Ranger)
The wishes don't stop there. Some kids have wished to give back and even wish to take care of the world!
Thirty-three years after granting its very first wish, Make-A-Wish Missouri is celebrating granting its 6,000th wish to a 9-year-old girl in the St. Louis area, Makala!
Wish Kid Makala is battling a life-threatening heart condition, common arterial trunk. She loves the movies "Dumbo" and "Frozen" and also enjoys playing basketball and watching girl's soccer.
Makala has three siblings, one of whom is a former Wish Kid. This summer she and her family traveled to Disney to meet her favorite Disney characters. Makala even got to spend time on the beach!
After hearing about Makala and our 6,000 Wish milestone, local grocery chain Schnucks wanted to meet her and join the celebration by sponsoring her wish!
Schnucks became a Make-A-Wish Missouri Community Wish Partner over 5 years ago when Derick Rosinsky, Specialty Cheese Manager at Schnuck Markets, wanted to help kids like Maddie, the daughter of a close family friend. Unfortunately, Maddie was not able to complete her wish to swim with the dolphins due to health complications but when Derick began to share her story with Schnucks' vendors, they wanted to help. They teamed up in honor of Maddie to give back to the organization that gave her family some much needed hope, strength and joy.
Over the past 5 years, Derick's annual promotion to raise money for Make-A-Wish Missouri has continued to grow, including more Schnucks' vendors and selling more products. We are so thrilled that not only are they coming on board again this year as a Community Wish Partner, but they are also sponsoring this 6,000th wish milestone in our chapter’s history.
||With the help of their teammates, customers and generous vendors donating a portions of proceeds on select items (i.e. Culinaria Hummus, Cabot, Anheuser Busch, Heineken, Nestle, Frito-Lay, Stacy’s, Pretzel Crisps, Bel Brands, Sartori, Saputo, Tribe, Heartland Dairy, Eat Well Live Well, Crunchmaster, Beemster, Athenos, 34 Degrees, Thomas Coffee, Dairyfood USA, Gehls), Schnucks hopes to make this fundraising endeavor the biggest ever! You can help by buying products with a blue Make-A-Wish sticker during the month of August.