The Life-Changing Effect of a Wish Come True
Jiminy Cricket, in the classic 1940 retelling of the Adventures of Pinocchio by Walt Disney Studios, tells us that:
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
From its beginning in 1980 as a community response to the wish of a 7-year old battling leukemia to be a police officer, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America has been providing strength, hope, and transformation for critically ill children, their families, and their communities. Today, a wish is granted every 34 minutes by the Phoenix-based nonprofit and its 60 chapters that can give a child the courage and determination to battle their critical illnesses through experiences that forever change their lives.
Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved—wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically.
A Mermaid’s Tale
Emma from Pinehurst, NC, who enjoys swimming, was undergoing treatment for leukemia. She would dive deep into the water and imagine that she could swim with her very own pink and purple mermaid tail. When asked what she wanted her wish to be, Emma said to be a mermaid. She even practiced swimming with her legs together so she would be ready to swim in her tail when her wish was granted.
A generous donor created a magical experience at her home pool, complete with balloons, themed decorations, and a mermaid tail for Emma. As a special surprise, Emma got to swim with a real-life mermaid. She spent the day splashing in the pool with Mermaid Shannon and having special underwater photos taken of her in her mermaid tail.
Midrex Technologies, Inc. has been a sponsor for 10 years of the annual Wish Ball hosted by the Central & Western North Carolina Chapter of Make-A-Wish. The gala blue-tie event celebrates the life-changing impact of wishes in the lives of local children and raises money to support the ongoing mission of making as many life-changing wishes happen as possible in the future. More than 5500 wishes have been granted by the Central & Western North Carolina Chapter since it was established in 1985.
To get involved with Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina visit: https://wish.org/nc
For information on the Make-A-Wish foundation visit: https://wish.org/
Photo by Renee Stengal Photography