Close your eyes and make a wish…
We all have made wishes on birthday candles, wishbones, on 11:11 A.M./P.M and even blown dandelions. We all have made a wish on something during our lives, but more importantly we made them when we were young. Children believe in pixie dust, happily ever after and believe their dreams will come true.
Every child has done this very thing and made bigger than life wishes. But what about those who are hospitalized with a cancer or some other chronic illness? Those children deserve to hold on tight to a dandelion and blow those tiny seeds away with their wish on every seed.
Little Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization started by Liz Niemiec in the memory of her friend Max Olson. At four years old Max was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, a rare kidney cancer. In Dec. of 2007 he lost his two and a half year battle. Before he died Max had one little wish and that was a puppy. His parents bought him the puppy and he named it Chewy. Liz saw how happy this little gift made her friend and she wondered how that would make other children who suffered from cancer feel. Liz decided to make Little Wish Foundation.
Little Wish Foundation grants children who suffer from cancer a gift up to $800. Some children have wished for Ipads, shopping sprees and some have even asked for play sets and ride on toys. No wish seems too small for Little Wish Foundation.
Currently Little Wish Foundation are at the following Pediatric Oncology Units:
- Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital
- Riley Hospital for Children
- Riley North Hospital
- Rush Children’s Hospital
- Lutheran Children’s Hospital
Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Lurie Children’s Hospital
- Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
- Phoenix Children’s Hospital
- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, California
- Kosair Children’s Hospital
- South Bend Memorial Children’s Hospital
South Bend, Indiana
- UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
Los Angeles, California
- Seattle Children’s Hospital
If you know a child who has cancer and would enjoy a wish granted, please visit the website listed below.
A segment done on the Today Show is also attached:
Until next time!