All of this leads to one common goal, which also happens to be our organization’s mission: Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. And the key word in all of this? Together.
Our wish kids dream big and we pride ourselves on making the impossible possible, but we certainly can’t do it alone. Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada works with chapters across the country to fulfill the dreams of deserving children.
See, Las Vegas isn’t just an adult paradise. Our sunny desert is home to celebrity chefs, rock stars and amazing events like Monster Jam and National Finals Rodeo. Not to mention our coveted shopping experiences and attractions like Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. What’s a kid NOT to love? We proudly host kids from all over the world as their wishes bring them to our home.
Take four-year-old Benjamin. His struggle with Crohn’s disease has him enduring daily medication and monitoring, but he stays inspired by the strength of Iron Man. His wish was to spend time with his favorite superhero. So, he traveled all the way from Florida to hang out with him at Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N inside Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.
And then there’s 14-year-old Kevin from Florida who dreamed of seeing fireworks burst over our beautiful city during the Fourth of July. A malignant tumor on his optic nerve will eventually render him completely blind, and he wanted to capture Las Vegas in all its neon glory. Our friends at Caesars Entertainment hosted Kevin and his family and made them VIP guests at their 50th Anniversary celebration which included an exquisite fireworks show. Sundance Helicopters, Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving, Cashman Photo and Sands Cares put the finishing touches on Kevin's ultimate Las Vegas experience.
While Make-A-Wish manages the details of every wish, each dream come true is only made possible thanks to our amazing volunteers, donors and community partners. Our volunteers give them a warm welcome, while partners like Tahiti Village, The Cosmopolitan, and Venetian graciously provide their hotel stay and other amenities. Our wish kids even get to fill their time in Las Vegas with other experiences from partners including Blue Man Group, the Mob Museum and Cirque du Soleil.
We consider ourselves lucky to be able to make wishes happen not only for kids who call Las Vegas home, but for kids across the country and around the world. Keep an eye out for more wishes that brought kids to Las Vegas with #WishesHappenHere on our site and social media!