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Welcome to Make-A-Wish UK's blog! Find out about our latest life-changing wishes, amazing fundraisers and ways you can get involved in our blog posts below! 

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With our Sports Dinner just around the corner, we're taking a look at the magical impact sporty wishes have on the children that receive them. We've rounded up 7 wishes that show just how much sport can transform the lives of seriously ill children. 

1. Benji's unbeatable Barcelona wish comes true

benji and his dad in a stadium in barcelona

Benji's leg completely gave way during a game of football and his parents took him straight to A&E. They had no idea they were about to be told their little boy had a tumour above his right knee. He endured 10 months of chemotherapy and surgery - he's made a good recovery but sadly, he won't be able to play football again. To lift his spirits and give him something to look forward to, his family applied for a wish and he chose to see a top team play in Barcelona. Read his story. 

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1. Zoe, Leighton's mum

"To let him do what he wanted was absolutely amazing"

Zoe was devastated when she found out her son had a rare type of blood cancer when he was just a few months old. His condition has meant that he's been in and out of hospital. For Zoe, it was so special being able to watch him have some independence and lots of fun on his Disneyland wish!

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Yeti Jon, fundraiser

Jon Green is six foot seven tall.  Add on a Yeti Costume and he’s hard to miss – even amongst a throng of costumed people raring to go at the start line of the 2016 Great North Run in Newcastle-upon-Tyne!  He ran to raise money for us – here’s how it went:

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My reason for choosing Great North Run
It’s the biggest, best, friendliest, noisiest, funniest, hilliest, brilliantest race in the world!

My reason for running a Half Marathon for Make-A-Wish:

The company I work for, Brammer UK, give regularly to Make-A-Wish so we often hear about the great work! I tried to keep a line I read on the website – “a child’s life shouldn’t be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis – it should be about wonder, joy and hope” – in mind when designing and building my massive 8 foot costume, becoming literally larger than life.