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  • 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
    Reason.com ^ | 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 CBSLA.com. 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
    timesnews.net ^ | 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...
  • Idaho Girl Becomes Superhero for a Day

    06/18/2006 6:28:49 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 3,026+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 6 18 06 | Associated Press
    BOISE, Idaho - Most days, 6-year-old Aubrey Matthews spends her energy fighting a brain tumor growing behind her eyes. But the first-grader managed to foil crimes and chase an arch-nemesis through Boise on Friday, serving the city as the superhero "Star" with assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho, The Idaho Statesman reported. When she donned her blue and metallic superhero costume, Star took on the super-powers of X-ray vision, superhuman strength, speed and blowing power _ and a mission: To capture the villain who had stolen a golden star from the Idaho Historical Museum. After Star was alerted by...
  • Tank Battalion Grants 'Wish' For 6-Year-Old

    12/29/2005 8:27:45 AM PST · by tgslTakoma · 28 replies · 923+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | Dec. 20, 2005 | story and photos by Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2005) -- Most children grow up playing with trucks and tanks, but few of them have the chance to ever experience riding the “Iron Horse.” Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Marines of 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, that experience came alive for six-year-old Brandon Rasnick of Lehigh Acres, Fla. Brandon, who was promoted to the rank of sergeant by his fellow Marines, has cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder. Since his one wish was train with Marines and to “save the world,” the Marines of 2nd Tanks arranged a...
  • Camp Lejeune, Marine regiment welcome Corps’ newest member (OK grab the Kleenex!)

    12/15/2005 3:20:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 1,820+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Mike Escobar
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 14, 2005) -- From privates first class to sergeants major to lieutenant colonels, all Marines who saw the newly promoted sergeant walking through their work areas were quick to render the appropriate military courtesies. After all, Brandon Rasnick had accomplished what no one else in the 2nd Marine Division had, made the rank of sergeant in one day. It’s a success the Lehigh Acres, Fla., native did not tout as he made his rounds throughout the base. Rather, the Marines and sailors smiled and waved as the shortest noncommissioned officer they had ever...
  • Criminal probe launched into Make-A-Wish money

    05/01/2005 7:08:12 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 9 replies · 335+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 5/1/05 | KRIS WERNOWSKY
    Investigation follows firing of two chapter workers. Some close to case won’t link dismissals and lost money. WILKES-BARRE (PA) – Detectives from the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office launched a criminal investigation last week into disappearance of what officials say is a “substantial amount of money” from the northeast Pennsylvania chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation. The investigation comes after an internal audit within the charity and the ousting of two high-ranking employees within the organization; however, one Make-A-Wish official and the district attorney refused to equate the missing money and firings. Make-A-Wish President and Chief Executive Officer Jessica Hardy and...
  • Ranger ready

    11/26/2004 6:03:23 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 3 replies · 366+ views
    Columbus Ledger Enquirer ^ | Nov. 26, 2004 | CHRISTOPHER BOYCE
    A portion of the U.S. Army Ranger creed states, "Surrender is not a Ranger word." Nor is it an Evan Schneider word. The 9-year-old boy from Murrieta, Calif., developed a heart defect that placed him on a heart-transplant list before he was born. He received the transplant when he was 4 weeks old. Yet, aside from a brief episode of organ rejection, Evan has overcome the potentially deadly defect and moved on to his next goal. This week, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped Evan achieve that goal, as he became an honorary Ranger on Wednesday. Evan traveled Sunday to Fort Benning...
  • Group founded by former Make-A-Wish supporters aims to fulfill more dreams for sick kids

    10/20/2004 2:36:09 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 1 replies · 196+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 10-20-04 | Robert Franklin
    Breakaway Make-A-Wish supporters said they filed papers Tuesday to start an alternative children's wish group for Minnesota that will have broader eligibility and programs.
  • Entire board of Make-A-Wish chapter resigns

    10/05/2004 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 27 replies · 931+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-5-04 | Phillip PIÑA
    The entire board of directors and advisory board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota resigned Monday, citing frustrations with its fading authority to the national organization. Tensions between the Minnesota chapter and the national leadership were first noticed in a public dispute in 1996 over a hunting trip granted by the foundation, which fulfills wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Since then, the local board feels its control has been evaporating on issues ranging from paying leaders; to donations for families of children who die before their wishes are granted; to limiting the length of board terms. "Philosophical differences the...
  • Local Make-A-Wish board quits in tiff with national group

    10/04/2004 6:30:55 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 19 replies · 631+ views
    AP ^ | 10/04/04
    The board of directors and the advisory board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota resigned en masse today, citing a dispute with the national organization over local autonomy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and its local chapters grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Typical wishes can include trips to Disneyland, family reunions or chances to meet celebrities. Karla Blomberg, who had been president and co-founder of the Minnesota chapter, said tensions had been growing for years and came to a head at a weekend meeting, when the 13 directors and 10 advisory board members decided the differences were irreconcilable....
  • Fort Riley grants ill youth wish to be Soldier

    09/28/2004 5:33:22 AM PDT · by maica · 39 replies · 827+ views
    Army News Service ^ | 28 Sept 2004 | Gary Skidmore
    Honorary Command Sgt. Maj. Philip Shriver renders his best salute. The 7-year-old was Soldier on Fort Riley for a day as a result of having his wish granted by Fort Riley and the Make a Wish Foundation of Kansas. Gary Skidmore Fort Riley grants ill youth wish to be Soldier By Gary Skidmore September 27, 2004 FORT RILEY, Kan. (Army News Service, Sept. 27, 2004) -- Seven-year-old Phillip Shriver has a new guardian angel -- a little bear angel with red, white and blue wings, wearing a helmet. Shriver who has a life threatening illness, leukemia, received the memento during...
  • Good News About Disney and Others

    01/20/2004 10:09:57 AM PST · by jrhepfer · 32 replies · 423+ views
    Myself | 1/20/04 | Jim
    I wanted to share with all of you a wonderful experience my family had last week. You see, my daughter Rhiannah was diagnosed with cancer on 1/6/03 at the age of 4. She responded woderfully to 9 months of chemotherapy and by May of 03 the tumor was no longer detectable. Scans on 1/6/04 showed no signs of recurrance. Rhiannah qualified for Make-A-Wish that grants wishes to any child that has faced a life-threatening illness. She choose a trip to Disney World. The following is the e-mail we just sent out today after returning from our trip on Saturday. If...
  • NFL bans uptown (Charlotte) game telecast (Event was Make-A-Wish fund-raiser honoring Hope Stout)

    01/10/2004 7:10:47 AM PST · by jern · 30 replies · 258+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jan 10, 2004 | CRISTINA BREEN BOLLING & RICHARD RUBIN
    LEE MCLEOD, Special to The Observer When the Make-A-Wish Foundation visited Hope Stout, she lay on her bed, cuddling her cat Pudge. "If you had your wish," a foundation member asked, "what would it be?" The National Football League blocked Charlotte's plans for a public uptown telecast of today's playoff game between the Panthers and St. Louis Rams.In response Friday, the city canceled its bash at Gateway Village that would have doubled as a Make-A-Wish fund-raiser to honor 12-year-old Hope Stout.Uptown leaders announced the party Tuesday, even though they had never received a formal go-ahead from the NFL.Hope died...
  • Make-a-Wish hero dies of cancer

    01/06/2004 11:50:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 124+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, January 7, 2004
    Make-a-Wish hero dies of cancer12-year-old girl spearheaded effort to fulfill desires of others Posted: January 7, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com Hope Stout, the 12-year-old North Carolina cancer victim who chose as her wish the fulfillment of other children's dreams, has died. As WorldNetDaily reported, rather than simply submitting her wish to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, known for fulfilling the desires of children with terminal ailments, Hope instead decided to help raise $1 million, the cost of making the wishes of all 156 children ahead of her on the list come true. Hope Stout Hope, who died Sunday, suffered from Osteosarcoma, an...
  • Money Pours in as Girl Falls Ill (Pray for Hope)

    12/24/2003 9:00:25 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 25 replies · 309+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Dec. 24, 2003 Christmas Eve | MELISSA MANWARE
    Man gives $100,000; family skips trip, donates $5,000. As a 12-year-old with bone cancer fell gravely ill this week, people in the Carolinas rushed to help make her wish come true. One man brought a certified check for $100,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Tuesday. He asked to remain anonymous. Instead of asking for something for herself, Hope Stout asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina to grant the wishes of the other 155 children on the agency's list. The organization hopes to raise $1 million by mid-January to grant wishes for the children, who suffer from...
  • Make A Wish child: Make other wishes come true

    12/22/2003 9:20:32 AM PST · by southern bale · 38 replies · 358+ views
    The Charlotte Observer, CHARLOTTE, N.C. | 12-19-2003 | By ELIZABETH LELAND
    Make A Wish child: Make other wishes come true When Make-A-Wish Foundation asked 12-year-old Hope Stout what she wanted, instead of answering, Hope asked a question: How many children are waiting on wishes? Another 155, they told her. My wish, Hope said, is to help raise money to grant all their wishes. Hope, who has a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, is in bed recuperating from radiation. But her wish has set off a fund-raising drive unlike any other by Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina. ``We are granting Hope’s wish,’’ said board member Chuck Coira....
  • U.S. Army Helps Sick Child’s Wish Come True

    10/14/2002 7:56:04 AM PDT · by Harp · 28 replies · 170+ views
    DefendAmerica.mil - Pentagon ^ | Oct. 10, 2002 | Spc. Casondra Brewster / Assistant Editor, Belvoir Eagle
    U.S. Army Helps Sick Child's Wish Come True By Spc. Casondra Brewster / Assistant Editor, Belvoir Eagle FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Oct. 10, 2002) -— Walt Disney eat your heart out. The Army can help make dreams come true, too. Elements of Fort Belvoir recently teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic to help make a terminally ill 10-year-old’s wishes come true. Justin Bryce’s doctors believe he has just a few weeks left before the disease that threatens his life wins. Bryce told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that his desire before dying was to be a soldier — a...