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Child life specialist starts her career by referring wish children

Elena, a certified child life specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Elena Rabago, a certified child life specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, has become a source of emotional support for many kids and families in the dialysis center over the past year.

Mar 20, 2019

Child life specialist starts her career by referring wish children

Elena, a certified child life specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Elena Rabago, a certified child life specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, has become a source of emotional support for many kids and families in the dialysis center over the past year.

Alex spends her life serving others

Alex with wish kid Colin
Alex has dedicated her life to serving others. When she is not granting wishes, the college-student is a F-35 specialist in the Air-Force.

Mar 18, 2019

Alex spends her life serving others

Alex with wish kid Colin
Alex has dedicated her life to serving others. When she is not granting wishes, the college-student is a F-35 specialist in the Air-Force.

Phoenix Children's Hospital social worker has referred nearly 300 wish kids

Caley with a wish kid
Two weeks after she started her job as a social worker, Caley Nelson began to refer children and families to Make-A-Wish Arizona. Since then, Caley has celebrated 13 years as a pediatric oncology social worker at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and has referred 297 children.

Mar 12, 2019

Phoenix Children's Hospital social worker has referred nearly 300 wish kids

Caley with a wish kid
Two weeks after she started her job as a social worker, Caley Nelson began to refer children and families to Make-A-Wish Arizona. Since then, Caley has celebrated 13 years as a pediatric oncology social worker at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and has referred 297 children.

Mom inspired to "Wish It Forward" after daughter's wish experience

Ella and Carly with the Phoenix Sun's dancers
Three years ago, Carly’s daughter, Ella, received her wish to be a Phoenix Suns dancer. Seeing how much the experience impacted her daughter led Carly to consider "wishing it forward” for future wish kids. To help raise funds and awareness of the impact of a wish, Carly created a neighborhood Turkey Trot benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Mar 06, 2019

Mom inspired to "Wish It Forward" after daughter's wish experience

Ella and Carly with the Phoenix Sun's dancers
Three years ago, Carly’s daughter, Ella, received her wish to be a Phoenix Suns dancer. Seeing how much the experience impacted her daughter led Carly to consider "wishing it forward” for future wish kids. To help raise funds and awareness of the impact of a wish, Carly created a neighborhood Turkey Trot benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona.

American Airlines team sends wish kids to their destinations in style

Mary Ann (left) and DeLena (right) at Wish Ball
One of the most popular wishes for children is “I wish to go.” DeLana and Mary Ann of American Airlines are often the first people children and families interact with before flying to their wish destinations and they work together to make the experience as special as possible.

Feb 19, 2019

American Airlines team sends wish kids to their destinations in style

Mary Ann (left) and DeLena (right) at Wish Ball
One of the most popular wishes for children is “I wish to go.” DeLana and Mary Ann of American Airlines are often the first people children and families interact with before flying to their wish destinations and they work together to make the experience as special as possible.

Local artist uses her unique talents to bring wishes to life

“I’ve been painting for more than 20 years and my husband is an architect and a muralist, so we decided to put our talents together.”
Irma Lopez is known for her beautiful art, from painted murals to 3D designs. When she heard about Make-A-Wish Arizona at a business event, Irma decided to use her unique talents to bring wishes to life.

Feb 13, 2019

Local artist uses her unique talents to bring wishes to life

“I’ve been painting for more than 20 years and my husband is an architect and a muralist, so we decided to put our talents together.”
Irma Lopez is known for her beautiful art, from painted murals to 3D designs. When she heard about Make-A-Wish Arizona at a business event, Irma decided to use her unique talents to bring wishes to life.

Bakery Owner creates sweet treats for wish kids after her own diagnosis

One-of-a-kind Grinch cake for 15-year-old wish kid Jazmin
Tina Cubbon, owner of Pixy Cakes, has created sweet treats for Arizona wish kids since she connected with Make-A-Wish Arizona in 2013. Over the past five years, Tina has donated more than 20 cakes and 2,000 cookies to these children, to reveal their wish is coming true or provide a fun surprise throughout the process.

Jan 30, 2019

Bakery Owner creates sweet treats for wish kids after her own diagnosis

One-of-a-kind Grinch cake for 15-year-old wish kid Jazmin
Tina Cubbon, owner of Pixy Cakes, has created sweet treats for Arizona wish kids since she connected with Make-A-Wish Arizona in 2013. Over the past five years, Tina has donated more than 20 cakes and 2,000 cookies to these children, to reveal their wish is coming true or provide a fun surprise throughout the process.

7 reasons to become a volunteer

7 reasons to become a volunteer
Volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona could be the perfect option for you, but don’t take it from us! Hear what some of our amazing volunteers have to say about being a Wish Granter.

Jan 23, 2019

7 reasons to become a volunteer

7 reasons to become a volunteer
Volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona could be the perfect option for you, but don’t take it from us! Hear what some of our amazing volunteers have to say about being a Wish Granter.

January Volunteer of the Month, Chelsey McHale

Chelsey McHale is the January Volunteer of the Month
Chelsey, who was born and raised in Arizona, always had a soft spot in her heart for Make-A-Wish.

Jan 21, 2019

January Volunteer of the Month, Chelsey McHale

Chelsey McHale is the January Volunteer of the Month
Chelsey, who was born and raised in Arizona, always had a soft spot in her heart for Make-A-Wish.

Wish Ball inspires Jill Krigsten Riley to grant future Arizona wishes

Jill Krigsten Riley
Jill Krigsten Riley knew about the value of Make-A-Wish Arizona before she was invited behind the scenes.

Jan 08, 2019

Wish Ball inspires Jill Krigsten Riley to grant future Arizona wishes

Jill Krigsten Riley
Jill Krigsten Riley knew about the value of Make-A-Wish Arizona before she was invited behind the scenes.

About this Blog

Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, the international wish granting organization. Our chapter grants incredible wishes every day for Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions. We want to share the stories of our wishes -- and the inspiration, creativity, imagination and life-affirming enthusiasm that they bring -- with you.

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