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Oct 12, 2016

Kaylee named honorary firefighter

Young cancer survivor named honorary firefighter


A young cancer survivor got the surprise of her life when Rural Metro firefighters showed up at her house and named her an honorary firefighter. Kaylee, 13, has been battling leukemia but is now in remission. Imagine Kaylee’s surprise when she answered a knock at her door Monday and found herself face to face with a trio of Rural Metro firefighters. Representing the “Spirit of a Hero” in her battle with cancer, Kaylee was named an honorary firefighter by Rural Metro Fire Crew Station 842.

Oct 07, 2016

Harry, 10, wished to meet J.J. Watt.

10-year-old fan has 'the best day' playing catch with J.J. Watt


10-year-old Harry was at a Scottsdale Community College football game when he was called out onto the field and told his wish was coming true to meet Texans defensive end J.J. Watt! Harry, who has an interstitial lung disease, got to watch the Texans and Chiefs warm up before Sunday's game, and he watched Watt stretch and practice one-handed catches on the sideline. Then it was his turn. Watt brought Harry onto the field to play catch and chat, also giving him the game ball.

Sep 27, 2016

Little Veronica learns she's going to Walt Disney World

Little princess Veronica surprised she's going to Walt Disney World

FOX 10

Little Veronica is battling a life-threatening condition but thanks to Make-A-Wish Arizona she was able to take a trip to the happiest place on earth. It may be early in the morning but 5-year-old Veronica isn't even close to being tired. Her wish granters decked her out with the best Belle gear and are sending Veronica and her family on an American Airlines flight to Walt Disney World for a week.

Sep 23, 2016

The Make-A-Wish Arizona Phoenix Walk For Wishes is a family-friendly event to celebrate wishes granted and raise funds for future wishes right here in Arizona.

Phoenix Walk For Wishes helping Arizona wishes come true

12 News

The Make-A-Wish Arizona Phoenix Walk For Wishes is a family-friendly event powered by wish kids, volunteers, donors and friends to celebrate wishes granted and raise funds for future wishes right here in Arizona. Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the international wish granting organization, raised more than $260,000 toward future Arizona wishes through the 2016 Phoenix Walk For Wishes presented by Isagenix.

Sep 21, 2016

Connor, 14, surprised his wish is coming true

Valley teen who battled cancer finds out his wish is granted

Tucson News Now

It was not going to be a typical day at Cienega High School for a freshman Connor, when he found out his wish was coming true. Connor, 14, had been battling an aggressive form of lymphoma since he was diagnosed in November but in March, Henderson found out his cancer is in remission. His friends, family, and Make-A-Wish Arizona surprised him at school to share his wish to swim with dolphins along the coast of Maui was granted!

Jul 21, 2016

Vote for Make-A-Wish Arizona to win $10,000

We're a Phoenix Stories finalist! Vote now to help us win $10,000

Phoenix Business Journal

Make-A-Wish Arizona has been selected as one of the 15 nonprofit finalists for the three grants being offered from the Phoenix Business Journal. The nonprofit with the most votes will receive a $10,000 grant. Two runner-up nonprofits will each receive a $5,000 grant. Voting takes just seconds and you can help us grant future Arizona wishes with the click of a button!

Jul 18, 2016

The Wish Journey

Discover the wish journey and the people who make wishes come true

COX 7 Arizona

A wish is much more than just a nice thing. Wishes give children he ability to feel optimistic about the future and to think about something greater than their next medical treatment. They empower kids to take back control of their lives and often can have a physical impact on a child's health. This is the final segment of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jul 15, 2016

The Make-A-Wish story

The Make-A-Wish Story: It all started with one Arizona boy

COX 7 Arizona

Make-A-Wish is a global organization that grants the one true wish of kids with life-threatening medical conditions. But many people are surprised to hear the organization was founded right here in Arizona. It all started with a 7-year-old boy named Chris, who was diagnosed with leukemia and wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. To this day, Chris is the only civilian ever to be sworn in as an honorary DPS officer. This is the third of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jul 13, 2016

Rebekkah Make-A-Wish Arizona

8-year-old wish kid Rebekkah shares her inspiring story

COX 7 Arizona

Rebekkah likes to draw and read and says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up to help others. But Rebekkah is also a surviving twin. When she was an infant, she was hospitalized and doctors discovered a hole in her heart. Rebekkah’s mom contacted Make-A-Wish Arizona as a means to lift their spirits, and now, 8 years old, Rebekkah is looking forward to her wish to see her favorite princesses at Walt Disney World. This is the second of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jul 12, 2016

Wish kids Jarek and Malik are brothers with the same life-threatening heart condition.

Meet brothers Jarek and Malik and learn about their wish experience

COX 7 Arizona

Wish kids Jarek and Malik are brothers with the same life-threatening heart condition. Learn about their family's story and what they are most looking forward to about their wish experiences in the first of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

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Plan your fundraiser for wish kids!

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Share with us your plans for a fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona by contacting Erin Mortensen, External Events Manager.

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