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Father and son pediatricians know the healing impact of a wish

Dr. Harold Magalnick and Dr. Michael Magalnick are father and son pediatricians living in Arizona, who understand the physical impact a wish has on kids with serious illnesses.

"Make-A-Wish is such a marvelous experience for children and their families," said Dr. Harold Magalnick, who has been involved with Make-A-Wish Arizona for more than 30 years. "We often see a time when we, as pediatricians, can't offer any more. But a wish enhances these kids' life experiences and gives them something more in a time of great need."

While both doctors have seen the healing power of a wish from the physician side, they’ve also experienced the impact a wish can have through their other roles in the organization. Dr. Harold Magalnick was previously a member of the Make-A-Wish Arizona Board of Directors and Dr. Michael Magalnick was a volunteer wish granter before following his father’s involvement as a medical professional.

"A wish is something happy and uplifting for kids with life-threatening medical conditions that seem to be progressing in some manner," said Dr. Michael Magalnick. "From my experience volunteering, I was already familiar with the positive affect wishes can have on these kids, which makes being on the physician side even more exciting.”

And now, as a new father himself, Dr. Michael Magalnick appreciates the impact wishes not only have on children, but their families, too.

“While I was in residency, I was caring for a girl with cancer,” he said. “Her parents struggled for so long because her diagnosis was so complicated, and they needed to work very hard to get her the treatment she needed. She wished to have a purple laptop and it was so beautiful to see how much this experience meant to her parents, because it was something they weren’t able to do for her on their own.”

Both physicians encourage those who deal with children with life-threatening medical conditions, such as medical professionals, family members, parents or even children themselves, to review and start the referral process. 

"Once you make a referral, Make-A-Wish Arizona does all the work from there," said Dr. Harold Magalnick. "The process is fairly easy and as a person who has had the opportunity to see this organization grow and evolve, I've really come to treasure my experience helping wishes come true."

To learn more about wish eligibility or how to refer a child with a life-threatening medical condition, please contact Jennifer Fleming, Intake and Medical Outreach Manager, at or 602.343.9446.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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