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 eyes of a sick child, whose dream of tomorrow is bound by the realities of today.

When you support Wishing Star, you bring a sick child hope for future dreams. He gets to think about what he wants to be when he grows up. She gets to picture the places she’ll see. Imaginations run wild as the child hopes for the future, and the best part is that these children’s dreams really DO come true!

Eleven-year-old Tyler wanted to meet the heroes who responded to the September 11th attacks on New York City. Wishing Star arranged for him and his family to fly to NYC and meet countless firefighters Tyler picturewho risked their lives that fateful time in 2001. Tyler became an honorary firefighter for the day, and he even got to meet the NYFD Chief. Because of his wish experience, Tyler wants to be a firefighter when he grows up-a dream that he’s held tightly for the past eight years since his wish.

Wishing Star has made it easier than ever to help make a sick child’s dream come true. With our Circle of Friends program, you can make automatic monthly donations that will help a child like Tyler see his dreams come alive. Please click the “DONATE” button below to make a donation and sign up for our e-newsletters.

YOU can provide hope in a seemingly hopeless time. YOU can inspire a child to plan for the future. YOU can take a child’s deferred dream, dust it off, and witness something truly amazing: a dream fulfilled.
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“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 cap for Jennifer to wear. An official “Capping ceremony” was held at a local college where Jennifer was given a bouquet of red roses and her very first patient to take care of- a teddy bear with a bandaged leg. Her mom, Carolyn, recently reached out to us and shared more about the impact Jennifer’s wish had on her young life. “From that day on she was “Nurse Jennifer- Pediatric Hostess”. It was her “job” to go and visit the new kids and show them around. She had a little red wagon in her room with her toys and she would take her wagon around and let the other kids have one of her toys. The nurses saw what she was doing and made sure that there were always toys in her wagon. Her doctor would call her at the hospital and ask her if she could do rounds with him and she would put on her nurses uniform and go with him as he checked on his young patients… Wishing Star made such a difference in her life. It is amazing where Wishing Star has gone since that day. Thank you!!!”. Young Jennifer passed away in 1987, just 2 years after her wish was granted. What an amazing impact she had in this world!