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Apr 16, 2018

History fan and wish kid, John becomes a Revolutionary War drummer

History fan becomes a Revolutionary War drummer

Boston 25 News

John is a history buff who plays drums.

The teen from Anchorage traveled across America to be a drummer in a Revolutionary War reenactment. John chose Massachusetts because it is “where it all began."

On a rainy and windy morning, John marched and played for more than two miles with dozens of Acton, Lexington and Concord Minutemen.

Apr 16, 2018

A ukulele dream comes true for wish kid Celine

A ukulele dream comes true

KITV - Honolulu

While receiving treatments at a clinic, Celine fell in love with singing while playing the ukulele. She wished to visit Hawaii, where the ukulele was born.

Celine toured a factory to see firsthand the craft that goes into creating each instrument and, after her tour, she was surprised with a live performance by a few of her ukulele idols.

Mar 27, 2018

Dr. Jenn Pratt

Wish kid grows up to become doctor


Dr. Jen Pratt was 11 when an X-ray revealed her knee pain was being caused by a form of bone cancer growing in her femur.

“Rather than being just a kid, I was forced into a world of doctor appointments, scans, hospitalizations, and surgeries,” Jen says.

Now a pediatrician specializing in inpatient care, Jen says her time in the hospital as a child makes her a better doctor today.

Mar 27, 2018

Wish kid Collin

Heart patient visits the doctors who saved his life

CBS 8 – San Diego

Collin, a heart patient from Hawaii, had a chance to go wherever he wanted for his Make-A-Wish experience, and he chose to travel to San Diego to meet the doctors who saved his life.

The wish was not only a reunion at Rady Children’s Hospital, but also a celebration of Collin’s birthday – he turned 12-years-old two days after arriving.

Feb 21, 2018

Wish kid Scarlett's classmates

High school students grant
girl’s wish

CBS 4 – Denver

The students at Eagle Valley High School hoped to raise $5,000 to send 7-year-old Scarlett on her wish. By the end of “Wish Week,” the students, teachers and staff had collected enough money to grant several more wishes for local kids who’ve been diagnosed with a critical illness.

Feb 12, 2018

Wish Kid Anooj

“Total Microsoft kid” travels
to Redmond

KOMO - Seattle

Anooj, a 12-year-old from San Francisco with a neuromuscular disorder, loves everything Microsoft – from his Surface tablet to playing Xbox. When Anooj wished to meet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, his wish granters at the Greater Bay Area chapter contacted wish granters at the Alaska & Washington chapter to coordinate his trip to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash.

Jan 29, 2018

wish kids at Grammy Awards

Wishes came true at Grammy Awards


The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony had many special moments, but there was a completely different reason why it was a night to remember for seven wish kids, who attended as guests of The Recording Academy. TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones tells their stories.

Jan 21, 2018

Patient turned superhero saves his doctor

Patient turned superhero saves his doctor

Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth

When a team of villains captured oncologist Dr. Lauren Akers, only one person could stop them: Super Aiden.

The 7-year-old spent his day fighting bad guys, rescuing people, and putting out an airplane fire. His mom was not surprised by her son’s wish. “He didn’t let cancer beat him,” she said, “He was a hero for real. It makes sense to be doing what we’re doing for him.”

Dec 31, 2017

Hawaiian teen visits NYC for NYE Celebration

Hawaiian teen visits NYC for NYE Celebration

FOX News

After years of watching the celebration on television, Jennifer wished to go to New York City for New Year’s Eve. She received a behind-the-scenes tour for the event, including a close-up look at the Times Square Ball. The teen and her family took a side trip to The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which was solemnly emotional. “Even though my hand is frozen,” Jennifer said, “it’s been good.”

Dec 18, 2017

the Power of a Wish

Make-A-Wish podcast miniseries

Midroll Media

Produced by podcast industry leader Midroll Media in partnership with Make-A-Wish, this miniseries features candid interviews with families of wish kids. The stories, which follow the kids’ journeys from learning their wish will come true to actually having their wish granted.