#WishWednesday - The long-lasting impact of a wish

Wishes bring hope, strength and resilience to the seriously ill children who turn to us. Throughout April, on #WishWednesday, we shared stories of wish children who we'd caught up with after their wishes, some of them years and years later - to see how their wishes impacted on them, because, where there's a wish, there's a way.


Here's a round-up of the wishes we shared.

2001 - Nikki's One True Wish

In 2001, Nikki's wish came true. Now, 18 years later she's showing that where there's a wish, there's a way because Nikki now works at Make-A-Wish UK as a Regional Fundraising Manager! She's told us about the long-lasting impact of her wish, "Make-A-Wish still impacts the lives of my family. We are who we are because of that wish.”

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Nikki, Regional Fundraising Manager and Wish Child

2009 - Dillon's One True Wish

In 2009, Dillon, who had been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, had his One True Wish granted, to meet MotoGP Champion Dani Pedrosa. On his wish, Dani promised to "stay friends forever". Below is a picture from 2018 when the promise had been kept!

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Dillon with Dani Pedrosa in 2018

2002 - Ben's One True Wish

Ben was fighting cancer from 2002 when he was just 4 years old, until he was finally discharged in 2016. Ben's wish to be a cowboy came true in 2002. We caught up with Ben's family in 2016. In February 2016, Ben’s consultant said: “I’m finally discharging you!” His mum Helen just burst into tears. Helen told us “We still think about Ben’s trip and how amazing Make-A-Wish made it. I made two scrapbooks of the experience and we’ve still got them."

Ben now and then

Ben, then in 2002, and now in 2016

2017 - Emilia's One True Wish

In 2017, we granted Emilia's wish to meet Big Red at Queen’s Horse Guards. We caught up with Emilia and her family a year later and they told us what her wish meant to them.

"Her illness took over our lives, but her wish was something totally different. Emilia was so excited that her sister was involved too. She didn’t get the chance to spend time with her sister or her Dad when she was in hospital, so that was a big thing, for them to reunite again."

"Emilia knew she had gone through something that most children don’t and her wish showed her she’d been brave and resilient."

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Emilia on her wish in 2017