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Quinn’s Story 01 Jul

Quinn’s Story

Quinn has Mitochondrial Disorder, a disorder in the part of the cell that sustains energy and promotes growth. This illness has a very high fatality rate. Three-year-old Quinn’s wish was to go to San Diego to play in the warm water and ride in a helicopter. He and his family enjoyed a week of sunshine,…

Ken and Jane 01 Jul

Ken and Jane

Our granddaughter was first diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor at age 2-1/2.  She was done with chemo at age 3.  That young child is now a beautiful girl of 12, who is active in school sports, tumbling and is a very healthy young lady. We volunteer at Wishing Star because we believe in their mission…

Patrick’s Wish: 30 Years Later 01 Jul

Patrick’s Wish: 30 Years Later

In 1983, 7-year-old Patrick was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer. Wishing Star was a newly founded organization, with only 3 wishes having been granted. Patrick passionately wished to go to Disneyland. In May 1984, just after his 8th birthday, his parents, two brothers and baby sister joined him on his wish trip to California. It…

Would you spend $5 to change a child’s life? 01 Jul

Would you spend $5 to change a child’s life?

With YOUR help, we can change more lives this year!   Circle of Friends, our new monthly giving program, inspires a new generation of donors to give at a comfortable monthly level so we can grant more wishes. You pick the level, as low as $5 per month, that you can contribute. Every donation will…

“I wish to become a nurse…” 01 Jul

“I wish to become a nurse…”

In June 1985, sweet 5-year-old Jennifer was granted her wish to become a nurse. Having battled Cystic Fibrosis since birth, Jennifer grew up to admire the nurses who loved and took care of her everyday of her life. A volunteer hand-made Jennifer’s nurses outfit for her big day- a local nurse donated her own nurse’s…

The Journey of a Wish 01 Jul

The Journey of a Wish

Some people may wonder what exactly Wishing Star does and why we do it. In the weeks ahead, we will be posting five blogs answering these questions and providing real examples of our Wishing Star grantees. Over the coming weeks, you’ll learn how Wishing Star: • provides relief from everyday medical stresses, • inspires hope…

Wishing Star Brings Relief from Everyday Medical Stresses 01 Jul

Wishing Star Brings Relief from Everyday Medical Stresses

We can sometimes forget how easy many of us have it. Our worries may revolve around buying a new pair of running shoes, getting to work on time, finding the perfect birthday present for a friend or whether your child will get good grades this quarter. But imagine if your worries included the dilemma of…

Wishing Star Provides Hope for the Future 01 Jul

Wishing Star Provides Hope for the Future

Langston Hughes’ well-known poem “Harlem” asks the question of what happens to a dream deferred. The unfulfilled dream is described as smelly, crusty, and saggy. The weight of the shelved dream bears down on a person and is a constant reminder of what will never be. This imagery is no more evident than in the…

Wishing Star Supports a Sense of Community 01 Jul

Wishing Star Supports a Sense of Community

One of the many troubling aspects of having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is the feeling of isolation. Depending on the scope of the illness, parents find themselves lost in a flurry of doctor’s appointments, medical consultations, physical therapy sessions and the never-ending task of wrapping their minds around their current situation. Friends…

Wishing Star Helps Increase the Quality of Life 01 Jul

Wishing Star Helps Increase the Quality of Life

Many people don’t realize how hard it can be to navigate the world around them until they or someone they care for suffers from a life-threatening illness. Activities like entering and exiting a vehicle, getting into bed, going on walks, participating in family activities and breathing quality air are a constant struggle for several of…