When a parent hears the terrifying words that their child has a critical illness, hopes and dreams are set aside, and their
focus turns to recovery and healing. For siblings, life becomes chaotic and disconnected. For kids, their new norm shifts
to painful treatments, scary procedures, and missing school and friends.
For 35 years, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana has been giving kids and their families hope, strength and joy.
Because of your donation, Make-A-Wish OKI transformed the lives of children and their families this year – together
we granted 782 wishes! You gave them an experience to pull from for the rest of their lives when they need confidence
This year, you helped grant Hannah’s wish. At age 11, she was diagnosed with a severe autoimmune disorder that
causes life-threatening allergic reactions to common triggers such as temperature changes. Hannah can often spend as
many as 200 days in the hospital in a year. For her wish, she chose to visit UCF Medical School to fulfill her dream of
becoming a pediatric emergency medicine physician, one she’s had since 5th grade.
Thanks to your donation, she and her family flew to Orlando, Florida where a UCF VIP parking space was waiting for
her. She attended classes, practiced medicine and received her very own lab coat. When she returned, Hannah’s wish
was so inspiring for her, the next month she enrolled in college pre-med classes and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA in her high school and college courses.
Hannah’s mom, Karen described it as life-changing, “Make-A-Wish gave us more than a wish. The whole experience for our family was a miracle. Every one of you had a part in orchestrating my daughter’s miracle. You will never know how deeply you have touched our lives.” Every day, children like Hannah are diagnosed with critical illnesses. Each one needs a wish to give them strength and help them heal. We need your help to grant more wishes, today. From all of us at Make-A-Wish, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season!
P.S. This season, your donation is going twice as far! Thanks to a generous pledge from one of our long-time supporters, all donations will be matched up to $50,000! Join us and double the impact of your gift.