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This May, We Celebrate Our Wish Moms

This Mother’s Day we celebrate what it means to be a wish mom

We invite you to read what local wish moms are saying, as they have seen the life-affirming mission of Make-A-Wish firsthand. Mother’s like Lori, Amanda, Marisa, and Terri - whose children experienced a break from their daily medical treatments and were given the life-transforming gift of a wish.

These women are just a handful of mothers whose lives were changed because of generous supporters like you. On behalf of these moms and all of our wish moms, we thank you for your continued support of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

We hope you enjoy reading these inspirational testimonials as much as we did. Then, we invite you to honor a mother in your life, by celebrating what it means to love and be loved during the month of May.

Brinkley and Lori  Lori & Brinkley
Q: What impact would you say Brinkley's wish had on you and your family?

A: Brinkley’s wish was something that our family looked forward to with great anticipation. After spending many days and nights in the hospital, it was an opportunity to just be together, relaxing, and not talking about medical-related stuff. It was such a refreshing experience!

Q: Now that you’ve seen firsthand the mission of Make-A-Wish, what do you think it means to be a “wish mom”?

A: After enjoying our daughter’s wish trip, the concept of Make-A-Wish is so personal now. In the past, when I’d hear Make-A-Wish, I thought it sounded like a wonderful thing. Now, I associate it as an opportunity for families to enjoy life deeply with each other and make precious memories. I’ll never forget the time we were able to spend together in Kauai.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support Make-A-Wish?

A: Supporting Make-A-Wish is so important! I’ll forever have etched in my mind the smiles on the faces of the four girls on our trip experiencing what they’d dreamed of for so long. These girls had been through so much in their short lives!

Q: If you had to tell outsiders one thing about the power of a wish, what would it be?

A: The power of a wish is something that can’t be measured. It restores hope and provides strength for kids and their families to continue down the paths that they’re on.

Milo and Marisa  Marisa & Milo

Q: What impact would you say Milo's wish had on you and your family?

A: Spending days in a hospital room, you have time to analyze various what-ifs. For me, one of those was what long-term effect everything would have on Milo’s outlook on life. Now, when people are finding out about his cancer and wish experience, he only focuses on the wish. He’s not letting cancer define him and that, for a parent, is a huge relief. His wish allowed him to shift his focus to the positive.  

Q: Now that you’ve seen firsthand the mission of Make-A-Wish, what do you think it means to be a “wish mom”?

A: For me, being a mom means being a planner – from lunches and after school activities to birthday parties and family vacations.  When your child receives the diagnosis of a critical illness, regular day-to-day planning ceases and you are forced to surrender your control. When the conversations about your child’s wish begin, it allows you to plan for something beyond the next doctor’s appointment or the next scan or the next test.  It allows you to think about being on the other side of the disease and celebrating the battle. It allows you hope.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support Make-A-Wish?

A: Seeing the generosity of strangers has an immeasurable impact on a child. There is a quote that has even more meaning in today’s world: ‘People talk about leaving the planet a better place for our kids, but we also need to leave better kids for our planet.’ By supporting Make-A-Wish, you are investing generosity in the next generation. 

Q: If you had to tell outsiders one thing about the power of a wish, what would it be?

A: With a wish, a child can replace their fear and worry with excitement and pure happiness. A wish can truly change the trajectory of a child’s life.  

Nick and Amanda   Amanda & Nick

Q: What impact would you say Nick's wish had on you and your family?

A: The impact that Nick's wish had on our family was the fact that we didn't have to live the "sick life" for a week. Even though of course Nick was still sick, it brought joy to all of us. It was one week that we smiled, laughed, and just got to live life.  

Q: Now that you’ve seen firsthand the mission of Make-A-Wish, what do you think it means to be a “wish mom”?

A: To me, being a "wish mom" has helped me see a whole new outlook on things. It helps me see that I am not the only one going through things. It helps me see that granting a wish to a child allows them to have a positive outlook on life rather than the downside that so many of us tend to look toward.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support Make-A-Wish?

A: I think it is important to support Make-A-Wish because it really does change lives. Make-A-Wish helps give so many positive outlooks that help children see a positive in their life.

Q: If you had to tell outsiders one thing about the power of a wish, what would it be?

A: If I had to tell an outsider about the power of a wish, I would say that the power is real. A wish changes not just the sick child, but the whole family—the siblings that may be dealing with the illness, as well as the parents. It changes so many aspects of how that family is feeling and lets them remember that there is hope and happiness.

Brooklyn and Terri  Terri & Brooklyn 

Q: What impact would you say Brooklyn's wish had on you and your family?

A: As our child waited for her special wish to be granted, a bittersweet excitement was realized. As a parent, you fiercely desire that they couldn’t qualify for a wish because they had not lived with pain and suffering, and that their life was not walked on the fragile ledge between this one and the next. Yet, you are thankful for the opportunity to soften that hardship with a special moment chosen and prepared especially for them.

Our whole family became part of a dream. We were blessed to be presented with renewed hope when Brooklyn was granted an incredibly special wish to Florida. I remember watching our daughters hold hands and laugh together as they shared a simple fireworks show at the Disney castle. All that existed in that moment was a sweet innocence and joyful expectation that a perfect week of uninterrupted family time was ahead of them. No doctor appointments, procedures, surgeries, or time spent sitting and waiting in hospitals for either of them; for life is not normal for a critically ill child or their sibling(s).

Our precious girl had lived seven years of her life in a smaller than port-a-crib sized baby bed. No one ate with her; no one talked to her. She had absolutely nothing because of her heart condition. When we adopted her at age nine, she was constantly at the hospital. It was one procedure or surgery after another, while she also had to learn new smells, sounds, sights, language, and bond and attach with a family. She had no idea wishes even existed. Our Make-A-Wish trip opened a new world, a new life for her. She was able to begin dreaming and believing that the world was much bigger and better than she ever imagined. We were blessed to watch that joy unfurl and blossom.

Q: Now that you’ve seen firsthand the mission of Make-A-Wish, what do you think it means to be a “wish mom”?

A: A wish mom is the bearer of dreams. We feel the heart of our child daily. We wipe the tears, smooth the worries, and live the pain. Make-A-Wish is a ministry of love. Receiving pure attention and personal care for every child and their family from Make-A-Wish allows a mother and father to relax and know that someone else sees and values the suffering and sacrifice an innocent child has had to endure. When Make-A-Wish ministers to a child, they heal a piece of the parent.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support Make-A-Wish?

A: Supporting Make-A-Wish is supporting dreams, hope, and love. Make-A-Wish is not about getting something. It is about upholding life and family in the truest form. It is uplifting those who have been given difficult loads to carry and encouraging them to find, or hold onto, faith in the journey of life. It restores hope and the ability to face tomorrow with a joyful spirit.

Q: If you had to tell outsiders one thing about the power of a wish, what would it be?

A: Make-A-Wish dispenses HOPE. The power of a wish brings a vision of the future. Having something positive to look forward to, especially as a family, sparks the bonding power to endure.

Brinkley with surfboard

Brinkley and sister

Brinkley surfing

Brinkley and family

Savannah's Baby Sprinkle

Savannah meets her baby!

Savannah and her mother

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