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Food and Community; How they go hand in hand

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As we get ready to celebrate our country’s independence with burgers, hot dogs and other summertime snacks, I started to think of how food and community seem to go hand in hand. More than fifty years ago, my parents immigrated from Italy. Like most Italians, they believed that food solves everything, so it’s not surprising I grew up in a household where problems—big and small—were discussed around the dining table.

Jul 04, 2017

Food and Community; How they go hand in hand

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As we get ready to celebrate our country’s independence with burgers, hot dogs and other summertime snacks, I started to think of how food and community seem to go hand in hand. More than fifty years ago, my parents immigrated from Italy. Like most Italians, they believed that food solves everything, so it’s not surprising I grew up in a household where problems—big and small—were discussed around the dining table.

A Tribute to Wish Dads on Father’s Day

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You’ve heard of Make-A-Wish, right? That non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. I always looked at them and smiled knowing what they do. I never thought my daughter would be a part of that but they changed our lives forever. You see, Make-A-Wish goes above and beyond to grant a wish that proves instrumental in the healing of children.

Jun 16, 2017

A Tribute to Wish Dads on Father’s Day

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You’ve heard of Make-A-Wish, right? That non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. I always looked at them and smiled knowing what they do. I never thought my daughter would be a part of that but they changed our lives forever. You see, Make-A-Wish goes above and beyond to grant a wish that proves instrumental in the healing of children.

New Make-A-Wish Employee Feature: Introducing Rachel

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We are thrilled to introduce you to Rachel in part two of a blog series on new employees.

Apr 30, 2017

New Make-A-Wish Employee Feature: Introducing Rachel

Rachel Nelson
We are thrilled to introduce you to Rachel in part two of a blog series on new employees.

New Make-A-Wish Employee Feature: Meet Nikki

Nikki with her brother, wish recipient Michael.
Earlier this year, we welcomed two new employees to the Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada family.

Apr 23, 2017

New Make-A-Wish Employee Feature: Meet Nikki

Nikki with her brother, wish recipient Michael.
Earlier this year, we welcomed two new employees to the Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada family.

From Wish Kid to Wish Granter

After receiving her own wish, Rebeca pays it forward as a Wish Granting volunteer.
When we first met Rebeca, she was a bright and vivacious 12-year-old. Like many other girls her age, she loved everything Disney—she always dreamed about going to Disney World to meet her favorite heroes in person. At this age, however, her life changed: she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Apr 15, 2017

From Wish Kid to Wish Granter

After receiving her own wish, Rebeca pays it forward as a Wish Granting volunteer.
When we first met Rebeca, she was a bright and vivacious 12-year-old. Like many other girls her age, she loved everything Disney—she always dreamed about going to Disney World to meet her favorite heroes in person. At this age, however, her life changed: she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Why I Walk For Wishes

Team Allegiant at Walk For Wishes.
Last Saturday, over 3,000 people came out in droves to support Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada’s Walk For Wishes. I am lucky to be a part of this annual event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars—over $500,000 this year alone—as team captain of the Allegiant team. Allegiant has been a long-time supporter of the organization nationally for years, yet when I started at the company’s Las Vegas headquarters a few years ago, I was thrilled to see how much the organization does on a local level to support Wish Kids and their families. You might ask why I was so thrilled ... because I am a Wish Mom myself!

Mar 18, 2017

Why I Walk For Wishes

Team Allegiant at Walk For Wishes.
Last Saturday, over 3,000 people came out in droves to support Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada’s Walk For Wishes. I am lucky to be a part of this annual event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars—over $500,000 this year alone—as team captain of the Allegiant team. Allegiant has been a long-time supporter of the organization nationally for years, yet when I started at the company’s Las Vegas headquarters a few years ago, I was thrilled to see how much the organization does on a local level to support Wish Kids and their families. You might ask why I was so thrilled ... because I am a Wish Mom myself!

What Happens in Vegas...

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When you think of Las Vegas, what comes to mind? Las Vegas Boulevard? Casinos? Shows and an incredible nightlife? I think Las Vegas deserves some overdue credit. Each year, Las Vegas hosts over forty kids from all around the world to have their one true wish granted.

Jul 11, 2016

What Happens in Vegas...

Kevin Bopp & Family at the Las Vegas sign
When you think of Las Vegas, what comes to mind? Las Vegas Boulevard? Casinos? Shows and an incredible nightlife? I think Las Vegas deserves some overdue credit. Each year, Las Vegas hosts over forty kids from all around the world to have their one true wish granted.

A Father's Wish Come True

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I sit here typing this message in unadulterated and sheer delight, a far cry from where my state of mind was just 18 months ago. Draped to my right is the sweet innocence of a child living out her dream come true. A dream ignited by the graciousness of an organization that deeply cares and is passionate about the well-being of others, specifically children and families in a dire time of need. A time when families are tested to the ultimate extreme; mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.

Jun 15, 2016

A Father's Wish Come True

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I sit here typing this message in unadulterated and sheer delight, a far cry from where my state of mind was just 18 months ago. Draped to my right is the sweet innocence of a child living out her dream come true. A dream ignited by the graciousness of an organization that deeply cares and is passionate about the well-being of others, specifically children and families in a dire time of need. A time when families are tested to the ultimate extreme; mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.

A Wish Mom's Perspective: Jessica

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"As her mother, I just wanted Hailey to be happy and to feel loved by the characters she sees on TV. To see her face light up as she was transformed into Cinderella at the Bibiddi Bobiddi Boutique was a smile that I have permanently placed in my heart. When the princesses told her they loved her dress and her beautiful hair, it was extremely touching and even though tears would fill my eyes, they were happy tears. Hailey was experiencing something magical."

May 05, 2016

A Wish Mom's Perspective: Jessica

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"As her mother, I just wanted Hailey to be happy and to feel loved by the characters she sees on TV. To see her face light up as she was transformed into Cinderella at the Bibiddi Bobiddi Boutique was a smile that I have permanently placed in my heart. When the princesses told her they loved her dress and her beautiful hair, it was extremely touching and even though tears would fill my eyes, they were happy tears. Hailey was experiencing something magical."

The Power of Volunteering

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June honors the memory of her late mother by making wishes come true.

Apr 07, 2016

The Power of Volunteering

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June honors the memory of her late mother by making wishes come true.

About this Blog

The Wish Blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish®. See how wishes come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or those who have been transformed by a wish. And learn why we are so committed to someday granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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