WISH STORIES OF HOPE, STRENGTH AND JOY
ONE WISH UNITES COMMUNITY Outside. That’s all Penelope thought about while in isolation from the world. he s ent the first t o ears of her ife in the hospital,” said mom, Jessica. he ear o as ia nose ith a rare oo disorder. She’s endured more than 50 blood transf sions an hos ita sta s. he mo ie ra e ot s thro h a ot of a s said Jessica. “Merida and her horse.” Dreams of chasing the wind and touching the s on her o n horse e ame intert ine ith Penelope’s visions of the open air. As Penelope grew stronger, so did the dream. he s no a e to a o tsi e. mi estone that meant her heartfe t ish to ha e a on o come true. Make-A-Wish® re on as ri en to f fi a ish as imaginative as the little girl who dreamt it. What happened next would unite the town of Aumsville. “A horse needs a fence,” said Brandon Smith, owner of Smith Fence and Field. “As we do in the o ntr nei h ors ta e are of nei h ors. o i e o ers firefi hters an hi h s hoo foot a a ers oine for es ith mith. o ether the onstr te a fen e an orra . omm nit mem ers ha e in ri in ear an a es of ha . ear e er thin o n ein onate . n in ene o e s horse a . “This is bigger than we ever imagined,” said Jessica. “It’s incredible.” of it e ride.
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I wish to have a pony Penelope, 3, Aumsville blood disorder
“A horse needs a fence. As we do in the country, neighbors take care of neighbors.” ~ Brandon Smith of Smith Fence and Field
VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT POSSIBLE Penelope’s wish to have a pony transformed the lives of everyone involved. For Joel, it underscored why he volunteers for Make-AWish® Oregon. “I get to be a part of bringing positivity and kindness into the lives of others,” he said. Joel was Penelope’s volunteer wish granter. This year, he’ll grant his 100th wish. For him, there’s nothing more rewarding than helping to make a child’s most cherished dream a reality. “Seeing kids, and in turn their parents, smile and for et a o t the i t of me i a ro e res for a while is worth its weight in gold.” Joel is one of more than 390 people who volunteer their time and talents to support Make-A-Wish Oregon.
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Erin is a wish mom who now volunteers as a wish granter. She also serves as chair of the Make-AWish Oregon Walk For Wishes® Committee.
Dannon is a volunter wish granter who sits on our Emerging Leaders Board. He also involves his o ea es from he ro er om an at various Make-A-Wish Oregon events.
Chris is a volunter wish granter who sits on our Walk For Wishes Committee. She also involves her former colleagues from Alaska Airlines at various Make-A-Wish Oregon events.
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FROM WISH RECIPIENT TO NURSE
In her darkest hour, Danielle found purpose. “I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 16,” said Danielle. “At first, it was scary.” The teen confided her fears to a nurse, who revealed that she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, too. “She said, ‘if I can beat it, you can beat it.’” It was a revelation that brought hope and encouraged the teen to study medicine. But the cost of college, on top of medical bills, was an enormous obstacle. “I wished to have a college scholarship,” said Danielle. “It’s what I wanted more than anything.” Make-A-Wish® fulfilled that dream. Danielle fought cancer and won. She went on to nursing school and now works at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, where every day she cares for children in the oncology department. “I understand where they’re coming from in ways that others can’t,” said Danielle. “I tell them they are lucky they get a wish, that Make-A-Wish changed my life. We share experiences and talk real life.”
MORE THAN MEDICINE ishes are o erf . or man a ish mar s a t rnin oint in the fi ht a ainst a critical illness. Doctors, nurses and other hea th rofessiona s sa a ish or s in a s me i ine sometimes an t. ish i es i s the stren th the nee to hea an the ho e the nee to fi ht har er. hat is h e are on a est to rant the ish of e er e i i e hi i in in re on an ar o nt Washington.
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I wish to go to the Iditarod Michael, 11, Oregon City genetic disorder
I wish to be a model
Kristin, 18, Lake Oswego cancer
I wish to go to DisneylandÂŽ Resort Dexter, 3, Milwaukie congenital heart disease
I wish to go see a rocket launch Alexei, 5, Springfield cancer
I wish to go to Aulani a DisneyÂŽ Resort & Spa Isabel, 10, Salem autoimmune disorder
I wish to go to the Bahamas I wish to go to Monster Jam Joshua, 4, Portland congenital heart disease
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I wish to go to France Haley, 15, Salem neurological disorder
I wish to see Hobbit houses in New Zealand Lily, 13, Jefferson leukemia
I wish to go to Thailand Zoa, 13, Eugene blood disorder
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WISH IT FORWARD Jacob’s wish to meet Stan Lee altered his life. “Make-A-Wish made the impossible possible,” said the ear o . as fa e to fa e ith m reatest hero of a time an it as itera e on e ief. The experience of meeting the famous comic book creator compelled Jacob to be a part of the Wish It Forward® program. remem er fee in so f fi e an e ite a o t m future,” he added. “I want to help change people’s lives in the a m ife as han e .
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A LEGACY OF HOPE Robert and Lois Steinseifer found unwavering love on a blind date while atten in re on tate ni ersit . he t o ere marrie si e a es. n that time the tra e e aro n the or to ether an raise a o in fami . In their death, the couple sought to make a difference in the lives of local children. The Steinseifers named the Make-A-Wish Foundation of re on as the enefi iar of their harita e remain er nitr st. his ift is the ar est in ha ter histor . “We are so inspired by the generosity of Robert and Lois,” said Make-A-Wish Oregon CEO Laila Cook. “Their vision to give back will ensure that we are able to grant unparalleled wishes to every child in our community.”
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A COMPANION TO KEEP HER WARM One moment changes everything. For Tymina, it was the instant she cradled Rocky in her arms for the first time. “He’s so cute,” exclaimed Tymina. “I don’t want to let him go.” The 9-year-old wished to have a puppy to keep her company in the hospital. “She’s been talking about this for years,” said Tymina’s mom. “To see her dream come true is amazing.” The Boston Terrier comforts Tymina when she is in pain and cuddles with her when she’s cold. I wish to have a puppy Tymina, 9, Portland blood disorder
“One of the side effects of her disease is that she’s always cold,” she added. “To see them together like this, is just over-the-top amazing.” Together, they now get through the hard times.