I know you focus on the sick child, the “wish kid,” but the truth of pediatric cancer is that you live through the horrors as a family. I call Abraham’s siblings my shadow warriors because they are often overlooked and just fade into the shadow of the monster that is in our case a brain tumor. While in the shadows of despair and uncertainty, they are often left alone both physically and emotionally because often it’s all the parent can do to get their sick child through the awful horrors of the day to day.
Make-A-Wish allowed us to have something to look forward to… something to help us get through some truly dark days as a family.
How does one quantify suffering? Living in the world of pediatric illness with the unknown and uncertainty… watching your family unravel and be completely powerless. I don’t believe there are words that could make those fortunate enough to be untouched truly understand.
Joy, however, is easy to understand and relate to. Make-A-Wish and all your sponsors have given our family a chance to laugh together, to make happy memories together and to try and leave the monster behind.
I watched and listened to the sounds of true joy as all my children got to heal a little from the unseen scars of pediatric illness.
While Abraham has yet to hear the words remission or cure, you have given our family renewed strength and more importantly beautiful memories. Memories that will get us through the dark and difficult times…for that I will always be grateful!
Honey and family
In this season of giving and joy, I thank you – our donors, volunteers, medical professionals and community supporters – for making a profound difference in the lives of wish kids. Your generosity has made the impossible possible for so many children and families, giving them hope, beautiful memories, and the ability to see the world beyond their illness. YOU make wishes possible and for that we are so very grateful.
There are many more children waiting for a life-changing wish. Please consider making a year-end gift to Make-A-Wish to help bring the healing power of a wish to every eligible child.
From everyone at Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York, I wish you a wonderful holiday season!
President & CEO, Wish Dad