From The Executive Director...
We are embarking upon exciting times at Children’s Wish Foundation International and we welcome you to join us. Our new Web site is one of the steps we’ve taken to better inform you about our efforts to serve seriously and terminally ill children around the world and to bring them the joy and happiness every child deserves.
The Wish Kids are children who struggle every day for survival because they suffer from the devastating effects of a life- threatening illness. Some of these children have never known a life without sickness while others have reached their teen years well and healthy, only to be shocked into a new reality: a medical diagnosis of a life-threatening illness. Heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Sickle Cell, and cancer are only a few of the ruinous ailments that plague their lives. Still, we have seen these children face each health challenge with tremendous courage and fortitude.
Eleven-year-old Taylor never gave up her dream of going to the “American Idol” show and meeting the contestants and the judges. We granter her wish, and she can’t stop smiling. John (“Jack”) always imagined he’d see a real whale some day. We granted his wish. Michael met his hero, NASCAR champion Kasey Kahne. He went on to become a sports writer for a major online sports publication. The stories go on and on about wishes fulfilled… dreams do come true.
We invite you to read all of the Wish Kids’ stories, look at their pictures and then consider how you might help to fulfill more wishes for more children. Please visit all of our Web pages and learn more about the various programs we offer, including our Hospital Enrichment programs where we serve over 725 medical institutions, and Family Focus, which supports our Wish Families throughout their child’s medical ordeal.
You can make a contribution to Children’s Wish Foundation International in a number of ways. Visit our how to help page to find what you can do to make a difference in a Wish Kid’s Life.
On behalf of all of our Children’s Wish Foundation and all of the past, present and future Wish Kids, I thank you.
Founder and Executive Director