Wish stories

Ben's wish...

“I wish to visit Disneyland Paris”

6 years old, Cornwall

Leukaemia

The number of children in the UK who could benefit from a wish has doubled in the last 15 years, and is set to increase further.

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Wish child, Ben received his One True Wish back in 2003. Ben now volunteers for Make-A-Wish, so we caught up with him to find about the long-term positive impact of his wish.

Ben's story

It’s always easy to see the joy a wish brings in the following months. A wish can give families the rare opportunity to take a break from the stressful day-to-day. It can bring incredible moments in a time where they’re needed most. And most importantly, a wish makes a child feel special.

But it’s not just a momentary light. Wishes have a lasting impact on people’s lives.

In 2001, aged four, I was diagnosed with leukaemia, one of the most common types of cancer for children under 15 years old. My battle lasted for three and a half years, and it wasn’t until 2012 that I was officially signed off.

Ben's wish

Ben with Mickey and Minnie, during his wish

Ben, meeting Mickey and friends during his wish

During my treatment, I was offered a wish, and inevitably went with any young child’s dream - Disneyland. The trip was such a great experience for my family, a rare chance to escape from the hospital.

We were able to spend time as a family that didn’t involve operations, waiting for results, or spending our evenings on the hospital ward - just uninterrupted fun.

How Ben's wish helped

Wish child Ben, now aged 22 years

Ben is now 22 and a Make-A-Wish volunteer

Today, I’m 22, in a full-time job as a copywriter, and enjoying life in Cornwall. Whenever I look back on my childhood, I never reflect on the difficult few years I had, I only ever remember my wish.

"Wishes really are a chance to put a highlight in a child’s life and create a memory that will stay with them forever. They’re a chance to make sure they get great moments of childhood, despite battling through one of the toughest points of their life."

Whether it’s visiting a place they’ve dreamed of going to, meeting someone they look up to, or experiencing something they never thought they would, wishes can make a big difference.

Sponsored donations made towards a child’s wish will go towards their One True Wish. If a child’s wish receives over funding the additional donations will be put towards a similar wish. If a child's wish doesn't reach 100% funding their wish will still take place and general funds will be used.