You’ve heard of Make-A-Wish® America, whose president and CEO David Williams (MBA ’92) will speak at the Bauer College on Jan. 22. The national philanthropic organization has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its beginnings in 1980 through 61 local chapters nationwide.
But over the years, you’ve probably seen headlines and national televised news stories documenting the impact the wish-granting organization has made on the lives of young patients, their families and their communities. These are some of our favorites.
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By Brandon Moeller
The ‘I’m Batkid’ Wish
Two Novembers ago, leukemia survivor Miles Scott was transformed into Batkid – and the city of San Francisco and perhaps the entire internet came to a standstill as his live-streamed crusade against evil as the sidekick to Batman captured our hearts.
The ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ Wish
At the request of Make-A-Wish, the band Journey traveled to Cleveland, Ohio in 1983 to meet Kenny Sykaluk, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The band delivered their new, unreleased song “Only the Young” to the fan – on a Sony Walkman.
The Meet the Chief Wish
The Fight it On My Own Terms Wish
Video game enthusiast and young cancer patient Ben Duskin wished to fight his cancer cells in a game. Make-A-Wish introduced him to software engineer Eric Johnston, the duo met weekly for half a year to develop Ben’s Game. If Johnston looks familiar, that’s because he’s Batman, also featured in this story.
The Help Me Help Them Wish
For her Make-A-Wish request, Houston-area’s own Kristin Elliott wished for an orphanage in Zambia for less fortunate children she worked with regularly during church mission trips. The organization donated the original seed money and Elliott – who was battling synovial cell sarcoma and was then named ABC’s Person of the Week – took it from there and raised enough for Kristin’s Miracle House, and she now operates her own nonprofit organization.