I have been volunteering as a photographer for Make A Wish Foundation for the last few years now because I truly believe in the power of a Wish and what it can do for a childs spirit. I believe that not only do we need the modern day medicine and technology to fight these battles we face today but we also need to have faith.
Sadly, these children are often required to grow up entirely too fast due to their disease process with unimaginable medication regimens, med ports, hospital rooms as their bedrooms, just to name a few! Having faith, as you can imagine would be hard for a child. This would be hard for an adult! Make A Wish provides a break from it all. An opportunity to be away from the hospitals, the treatments, the alarms, the fear. They allow these couragious kids to just be kids and to live out their dream, their wish.
When waking up for another blood draw or treatment just feels like the end, Make A Wish offers a light at the end of the tunnel for these children. Something medicine, technology, Dr.s or even us great nurses can not provide sometimes even on our best days! Trust me, I know! ;)
BUT WAIT>>> WE CAN ALL HELP!!!!! Please, please, please follow the link to donate today!
Every bit counts. Even travel miles! DONATE at http://oki.wish.org
Linda Pauling,Linda Pauling, mother of Chris, the boy whose wish inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish 35 years ago and Doug Kelly, President and CEO of MAW
Robert Purgert~This year's Honorary Wish Kid
Robert was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2008. Six months into treatment he learned about Make A Wish. When they came to his hospital room he already knew what his wish would be. He went to the Super Bowl XLIV that year. Robert said it gave him hope while waiting. He stated in his powerful spech "Hope cannot be taken away. But it can be given. And when hope is used as a gift, it's a powerful thing."
Denise Dufala, Anchor, 19 Action News with past Wish Kids!
Elli, 3 Muscular Cancer
To view the entire gallery click the link below. All proceeds of the images will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation by Jill Wilson Photography LLC.