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Amelia's wish inspires the world!

Amelia's grandma was by her side on Wish Day!

“ This was the best day ever! ”

- Amelia's Parents

Wishes are as big as a child’s imagination and 8-year-old Amelia, who is battling brain cancer, wished to take care of the world for a day.  This selfless act came as no surprise to Amelia’s parents given her love for the outdoors, parks and the Earth.  After treatments, Amelia and her grandma take walks in the park and they pick up the trash. On February 27, hundreds from the Kansas City community, throughout the state of Missouri and around the world came together to help make Amelia’s wish come true.

Amelia's wish day began around 8:30AM when she arrived at her first of four neighborhood parks, Romey Hills Park, to start taking care of the world.  Amelia, along with around 75 friends, family and other volunteers, collected a dozen full trash bags before heading to two more parks, New Mark Subdivision and Macken Park. At Macken Park, Amelia was presented with an honor bench that will be placed in Macken Park to remember her wish day. 

Amelia arrived at her final destination, Swope Park, to an entrance fit for royalty. Hundreds of volunteers lined the street along with police cars and fire trucks to welcome her. After picking up trash with her friends at Swope Park, Amelia's wish concluded with a presentation full of special guests. The Director of KC Parks and Recreation welcomed everyone and extended a thank you to Amelia for inspiring so many to clean up their community. Beryl Raff, CEO of Helzberg Diamonds, presented her, her mom and grandmas with special matching necklaces to always remember this day. Mayor Sly James proclaimed February 27th as "Amelia's take care of the world day" in Kansas City and the Mayor of St. Joseph, MO also thanked Amelia for inspiring his community as well. The day concluded with a heartfelt thank you from Amelia's family and a KCTV 5 Surprise Squad cupcake truck! 

Make-A-Wish Missouri also organized three other park cleanups around the state in St. Louis, Springfield and Cape Girardeau,  engaging over 300 volunteers in Amelia's effort outside of her Kansas City community. Tons of other cleanups were also organized by wish granters, Amelia's friends and family and complete strangers that were touched by this story.

Thousands of tweets using #ameliaswish flooded in from around the world on February 27th and it continues to grow as more and more people learn about Amelia's inspiring story! Let's keep it going! Next time you see a piece of trash, or an opportunity to make the world a little better, take a photo and tag it using #ameliaswish.  

Make-A-Wish Missouri wants to thank everyone that helped make Amelia's wish incredible! 

*Photos by Rebecca Allen Photography

Amelia’s resilience and selfless wish to take care of the world for a day is truly humbling. To see the community rally around Amelia makes me proud of this city and this great organization. ”

— Pat Duncan, Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Missouri Kansas City Development Board

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Gina Bennett

I want to organize a clean up the park in Ste Genevieve MO for Amelia!

February 19, 2016 - 8:42 AM

linda clark

It is impossible to express the gratitude Bob and I feel toward Make A Wish foundation for helping Amelia realize her wish to take care of the earth. She has always been a caring and insightful child. We are her grandparents, and she is our inspiration.
Bob and Linda Clark. Quincy, mi

February 20, 2016 - 11:17 AM

Traci Metroff (Gill)

I think this is a Beautiful l, selfless act. I knew Jill through school. This shows the love they gave their children and about what mattered. Hugs to all, prayers and postive thoughts to all...brave young lady

February 20, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Naomi Fuller

What an admirable wish!

February 20, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Michael Eden

This dear little girl should be an inspiration to all of us. Prayers and good thoughts go to you Amelia.

February 21, 2016 - 11:46 AM

John Licata

Amelia, we'll be donating lots of shoes to make a small contribution towards helping to make this world a better place. We're praying for you!

February 22, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Lynn Vazquez

what a great inspiration you are Amelia! Today I will go out and walk around my neighborhood and pick up trash wherever I see it. I also hope to make it out to Swope park this weekend. Thank you for all that you have done. You are one amazing young lady.

February 23, 2016 - 8:32 AM

Holly Moore McKee

Amelia - You inspire me girl! I will share pictures of me taking care of the world on your special day.

February 23, 2016 - 1:17 PM

Virginia Malone

My son thought it would be great for us to make posters and greet Amelia at swope park! Hope thats okay! ;-)

February 23, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Ashli Parish

Your such a brave little girl. Both my girls know you from school and we would love to come help you clean up the parks. Anything else just ask.

February 24, 2016 - 1:13 PM

John Roth

Hi Amelia my name is John I hope your wish comes true today me and my wife will be picking up trash to help the effort I will send some photos I wish you to have a good time at the parks today goodbye

February 26, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Elle Gannon

Hello Amelia!
My name is Elle and I drive a school bus for NKC and I was asked by some kids that you go to school with to come to the park to help clean it up. I can not do it in KC but I can do it for you in Stover Missouri.
It is mine and my boyfriends pleasure to pick up litter for your very generous request .
(= Lots of peace-love-joy to you =)

February 26, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Joyce and Molly Carnoali

We heard your wonderful wish and decided to help make it come true! So this morning at 9:00 am. My daughter, son, and I went down to the bottom of our driveway and walked the road picking up all the trash! We live over in Leavenworth Kansas and we just wanted to make sure your wish came true Amelia. We all hope you have an amazing day today from the Carnoali Family!!! :)

February 27, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Kelly Miceli

Amelia sweetie I hope all your wishes come true you are very special and an inspiration to others. My daughter and I will be cleaning up in our neighborhood especially for you.

February 27, 2016 - 1:03 PM

vickie schneider

I am so proud of Amelia. What a awesome girl. My grandson has been cleaning the park in his community for a little over a year now. He goes and picks up trash at least 2 days a week. He is 7. It is so inspiring for him to see your story. To have someone like you that is so special and so strong doing the same thing. You are such a great role model for him to look up too. I just want to tell you Thank you. You are truly inspiring to him and I am sure many many others. What a strong and caring little girl you are. We are praying for you and your family. God bless you.

February 28, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Diane Matheson

I am so impressed and inspired by you, Amelia! What a generous and giving heart you have. My granddaughter Mariska is one of your friends and clean-up pals. Her whole family was excited to come and help you. I will share the posts, and hope to inspire others. God bless you!

March 05, 2016 - 5:36 PM

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