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  • Young Cancer Survivor Feeds Thousands in St. Paul Through Make-A-Wish

    11/03/2015 7:12:21 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies ^ | 11/3/15 | Katherine Johnson
    It can take years to get the recipe just right. Thirteen-year-old Lucas Hobbs has a head start. He's already figured out the secret ingredient to a happy life. Hobbs knows what it's like to lean on others for help. "When I was at the hospital, people, like our neighbors and stuff, would bring us food," Lucas said. In January, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. "He went through chemotherapy, radiation ... it was really tough," his father said. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation approached Hobbs, the young teenager knew right away he wanted to work in a food truck. "I love...
  • Monster Truck Procession at Funeral Honors Little Boy

    08/30/2015 2:36:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Tucson News Now ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Tami Hoey
    It was a funeral procession like no other. More than a hundred truck drivers came together Friday to pay tribute to a little boy who loved monster trucks, but never got to see a monster truck jam. Three-year-old Elijah Steffen died earlier this month from a rare bone disease. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Elijah was scheduled to be a special guest at a Monster Truck Rally in Las Vegas. But he died before he could attend that event. On Friday, Elijah's family invited truck drivers to join the hour-long funeral procession through Mesa. The procession of vehicles included everything...
  • Little Girl's Playset Is in Her Own Backyard, City Wants It Destroyed Anyway

    10/08/2014 9:30:42 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 86 replies ^ | October 8,2014 | Robby Soave
    CBSLA.comFellow libertarians, we may be observing peak bureaucratic cruelty in Santa Fe Springs, California. City officials told Jessica Torres and Felix Miranda to destroy their backyard playset—a gift to their handicapped 10-year-old daughter from the Make-A-Wish-Foundation—because it is a "public nuisance," according to Young Tiffany suffers from seizures and can't play at the public park, so the Make-A-Wish-Foundation gifted her a personal playground. It sits in her backyard, on Miranda family property. Nevertheless, the city thinks it has the right to force the family to disassemble the playset. When Torres approached a city official, she was treated as courteously...
  • It Took Soldiers a Year to Make Kid’s ‘Pearl Harbor’ Wish Come True, But It Was Totally Worth It

    10/08/2014 9:53:01 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    IJ Review ^ | October 8,2014 | Juan Leon
    Eleven-year old Carl is a unique kid. So it’s only natural that his Make-A-Wish experience is as unique as he is. Carl has acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which makes him eligible for a wish from the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Foundation. It took Carl a whole year to come up with this detailed dream wish scenario: My wish was to be a World War II pilot stationed in Pearl Harbor that gets shot down and has to survive on a deserted island with the supplies that a World War II pilot would have. As part of Carl’s wish, he underwent...
  • WH PHOTO: President Obama Demonstrates His Manhood by Sparring with 14 Year-Old Make A Wish Kid ...

    05/25/2014 11:40:43 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    President Barack Obama spars with Jaren Paul Suber, a 14-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient from Rowlett, Texas, in the Oval Office, March 20, 2014
  • Mullet-festooned, Make-A-Wish winner charged for brutal ‘knockout game’ attacks

    02/10/2014 12:56:47 AM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    dailycaller ^ | Saturday February 8, 2014
    A Massachusetts college sophomore is under arrest for a string of vicious, totally random, “knockout game”-style attacks against three fellow students. Dillon Destefano walked up to three people he didn’t know and sucker-punched them in the face, reports CBS Boston. Police say the incidents occurred in the wee hours of Sunday, Feb. 2 at or near Endicott College, a small private school in a small New England town about 25 miles north of Boston. The victims were walking home. Two of Destefano’s alleged victims suffered major injuries. One student, a freshman baseball player, was hospitalized with a broken jaw and...
  • Justin Bieber breaks Make-A-Wish Foundation record with 200th wish

    08/14/2013 6:14:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 14, 2013
    The 19-year-old superstar broke the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s record this weekend by granting his 200th wish. The adorable recipient was 8-year-old Annalysha Brown-Rafanan, who is suffering from a life-threatening liver condition.
  • Ron Perlman Dons the Full Hellboy Garb to Spend the Day with a Boy

    07/07/2012 6:56:12 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 13 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 7-6-12 | John Farrier
    Saw this, and thought that it would be a nice change of pace for Saturday morning- Ron Perlman reprised his role of Hellboy for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
  • Teen Becomes Honorary Marine

    01/25/2011 4:38:34 AM PST · by RoseyT · 31 replies
    KTBS Shreveport/Bossier ^ | 1/24/2011 | KTBS News
    Hundreds of Elm Grove Middle School students gathered Monday afternoon in the school gymnasium for what they thought was a meeting with their new school counselor. They quickly learned that wasn't the case. Instead, the entire school gathered to honor a classmate who's battling cancer. 13 year old Odie Harris who was diagnosed with liver cancer seven months ago and has been making regular visits to St Jude. His dream is to become a marine. Today that dream became a reality. Members of the Bossier Sheriff's Department teamed with the Make A Wish Foundation to make Odie a member of...
  • 5-year-old Dilworth boy dies while visiting Disney World on Make-A-Wish trip

    04/21/2011 8:16:06 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 30 replies · 1+ views
    daily reporter ^ | 4-21-11 | ap
    DILWORTH, Minn. — A 5-year-old northwestern Minnesota boy, born with numerous congenital birth defects, has died on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in Florida. Daytyn Hart enjoyed four days at Disney World, swimming and visiting the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Cocoa Beach. He died Friday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. His father, Desi Hart, says he and his wife, Angie, discussed the trip with Daytyn's doctors and everyone agreed he was healthy and able to make the trip.
  • Celeb Chef -- Too Busy for 'Make-A-Wish' Kid (Barefoot Contessa)

    03/25/2011 1:15:17 PM PDT · by inflorida · 81 replies · 1+ views
    TMZ ^ | March 25, 2011 | TMZ Staff
    The Make-a-Wish Foundation had to break some bad news to a 6-year-old cancer patient this week ... when Food Network star Ina Garten informed them she was too busy to cook a meal with the boy ... TMZ has learned. A family member involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation tells us ... a little boy named Enzo was approached by the organization after he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago. Enzo told Make-A-Wish ... he really wanted to cook with the "Barefoot Contessa" host because he would often watch the show with his mother while resting in bed....
  • Texas boy with cancer spends a day with the [BSU] Broncos (Make-a-Wish)

    11/07/2010 8:50:51 PM PST · by Domandred · 2 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 11/6/2010 | Chadd Cripe
    Turns out, the Boise State Broncos are as good at granting wishes as winning football games. The Broncos and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho gave 12-year-old Stephen Kinsey of San Antonio a one-of-a-kind experience the past three days — one that took his mind off his cancer and the burglars who ransacked the family home last month. Stephen, who wanted to be a coach for a day at Boise State, spent Friday and Saturday with the Broncos. He led the team onto the field and was on the sidelines as the No. 2 Broncos whipped Hawaii 42-7 Saturday. Midway through...
  • Local boy with cancer turns into a superhero for a day

    05/05/2010 10:43:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 513+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | April 30, 2010 | Katherine Long
    Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider-Man called. Spider-Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity — he's Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light. And Spider-Man needed Erik's help. Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle. The local...
  • Clouds lift for 'Cadet for a Day' (Tissue Alert)

    04/20/2009 5:41:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 424+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Ann Patton
    4/20/2009 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- For eight years, Academy cadets have been making wishes come true for ill youngsters. They made it happen again April 9 through Saturday when Joe Hayford, 13, became the newest Cadet for a Day through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "His eyes were huge, and he never quit smiling," said Wish volunteer Maggie Appenzeller. Accompanying Joe was his family--brother, Shane, 17, and parents, Chong Mi and Keith for the three-day event sponsored by Cadet Squadron -4. Wish volunteer Peggy Nightingale said the schedule and content are kept secret from Cadets for a Day...
  • Sick child becomes king for a day thanks to Make-A-Wish

    02/24/2009 6:50:09 AM PST · by publana · 5 replies · 466+ views ^ | February 23, 2009 | NET News Service
    JOHNSON CITY — Faced with a life-threatening condition, 9-year-old Chase Wilson wasn’t concerned about buying much for himself, although it was his “wish” money. Instead, during his shopping spree Monday, he chose a Playstation 3 from the front display window of a gaming store and asked what video games his four siblings would like to have. “Do you have any ‘Dora the Explorer’ games?” Chase asked the Game Stop salesperson as he helped his 3-year-old sister Emma find a game for the new Gameboy she had just chosen. “She likes Dora.” Tracey Saxton, Chase’s mother, was busy making sure he...
  • Small soldier gets his wish

    03/24/2008 8:04:08 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 12 replies · 1,108+ views
    Killeen Daily News ^ | March 21, 2008 | George P. Slefo
    FORT HOOD, TEXAS – Five-year-old Gaven Cox was given one wish to do anything he wanted. Instead of asking to go to Sea World or to meet Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gaven modestly asked for some McDonald's food. The child's parents laughed and told him to make another choice. "He told us he wanted to be an Army soldier," said Melissa Heminger, Gaven's mom. "I was a little bit surprised that he asked for McDonald's, but in reality, he wanted to be a soldier since he was 3." Gaven, who is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted one wish...
  • Small soldier gets his wish

    03/21/2008 5:40:04 PM PDT · by dbehsman · 24 replies · 622+ views
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | 3-21-08 | George P. Slefo
    FORT HOOD – Five-year-old Gaven Cox was given one wish to do anything he wanted. Instead of asking to go to Sea World or to meet Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gaven modestly asked for some McDonald's food. The child's parents laughed and told him to make another choice. "He told us he wanted to be an Army soldier," said Melissa Heminger, Gaven's mom. "I was a little bit surprised that he asked for McDonald's, but in reality, he wanted to be a soldier since he was 3." Gaven, who is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted one wish by...
  • A Boy’s Wish Made Real (TISSIE ALERT!)

    01/31/2008 3:59:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 91+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Capt. Paul L. Greenberg, Marine Forces Reserve
    Young Dontay Burton learns about Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques from Marines at Camp Lejeune in May 2007. During a Make-A-Wish Foundation visit in North Carolina, Burton toured Marine Corps Air Stations New River and Cherry Point, Camp Gieger, as well as Camp Lejeune. Dontay Burton learns how to fire an M240 machine gun from Lance Cpl Erich Minnear at the indoor simulated marksmanship trainer at Camp Lejeune, N.C. in May 2007. Burton made a wish to become a Marine through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Dontay Burton and Gunnery Sgt. William C. House watch Marines in a battalion formation...
  • Jordan fan's dream comes true

    12/10/2007 1:19:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 63+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, December 10, 2007. | AMIRA SEYOUM
    LANCASTER[California] - One year after making a wish to meet the athlete he idolizes, Marcus Dennis finally got to meet basketball legend Michael Jordan. "It was the greatest thing ever, truly a dream come true for me," Dennis said. With the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation, Dennis, 17, and about five more families were granted their wishes and flown to Chicago to meet the basketball superstar and even attend a Chicago Bulls basketball game Monday. A Lancaster resident for several years, Dennis was just another normal teen until August 2004, when at age 14 he was diagnosed with a life-threatening...
  • Andrew and Tedy Bruschi (Make A Wish Story)

    07/13/2006 5:13:18 AM PDT · by Conservomax · 6 replies · 934+ views
    ESPN ^ | July 11, 2006 | Cynthia Geracoulis, Andrew's Mother
    When Andrew thought about what he wanted his Wish to be, the first and only thing he ever considered was going to a Patriots game and meeting Tedy Bruschi. Andrew wanted to meet him not only because he was a Patriot, but because he'd also undergone heart surgery for an undetected congenital heart defect and then returned to the football field. The Make-A-Wish foundation granted Andrew a meeting with Bruschi and a return trip in the fall to attend a Patriots game. Sharing Andrew's excitement was something that seven years ago I never dared dream. You see, "heart parents" don't...