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The Science and Success of Wishes

Empowering A Child With A Wish: Science is on the side of HOPE

Empowering A Child With A Wish

When a child’s wish comes true, whether it’s to meet a favorite sports star or swim with dolphins in Hawaii, parents and volunteers see the child change from within. An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of doctors and nurses who treat wish kids believe the wish experience can influence their young patients’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Jun 21, 2016

Empowering A Child With A Wish: Science is on the side of HOPE

Empowering A Child With A Wish

When a child’s wish comes true, whether it’s to meet a favorite sports star or swim with dolphins in Hawaii, parents and volunteers see the child change from within. An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of doctors and nurses who treat wish kids believe the wish experience can influence their young patients’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Mar 21, 2016

Childrens Extraordinary Instinct to Give

Children’s Extraordinary Instinct to Give
Children may be born with the instinct to give and cooperate, but their willingness to commit to altruism may need their parents to solidify their behavior.

Mar 21, 2016

Childrens Extraordinary Instinct to Give

Children’s Extraordinary Instinct to Give
Children may be born with the instinct to give and cooperate, but their willingness to commit to altruism may need their parents to solidify their behavior.

Mar 03, 2016

Solace In Sisterhood

Most children in the United States grow up with sisters or brothers, a perpetual playmate, and oftentimes, their lifelong best friend. There is rarely a bond more intricately woven into one’s life than the relationship children develop with their siblings. This bond is especially important in times of sickness.

Mar 03, 2016

Solace In Sisterhood

Most children in the United States grow up with sisters or brothers, a perpetual playmate, and oftentimes, their lifelong best friend. There is rarely a bond more intricately woven into one’s life than the relationship children develop with their siblings. This bond is especially important in times of sickness.

Feb 11, 2016

Advancements in Childhood Diseases – A Look Back at AIDS and Wishes

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My first visit to meet with the staff of Make-A-Wish Metro New York was full of eye-opening “reallys?” and some special “aha” moments. One of those moments was that although it seems everyone knows Make-A-Wish, most people when asked will say that “Make-A-Wish provides a dying wish for children.”

Feb 11, 2016

Advancements in Childhood Diseases – A Look Back at AIDS and Wishes

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My first visit to meet with the staff of Make-A-Wish Metro New York was full of eye-opening “reallys?” and some special “aha” moments. One of those moments was that although it seems everyone knows Make-A-Wish, most people when asked will say that “Make-A-Wish provides a dying wish for children.”

Jan 13, 2016

Pawsitive Therapy: The Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond

Pawsitive Therapy
Dogs are a man’s best friend but, for kids battling illness, relief from the stress of their situation may come on four legs. A study shows that furry friends may also improve a child’s chance of surviving cancer. An ongoing study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demonstrates the positive influence animal assisted interventions can have on children undergoing cancer treatment. The research, which was conducted in multiple hospitals and rehabilitation facilities throughout America, was presented at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in October 2015.

Jan 13, 2016

Pawsitive Therapy: The Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond

Pawsitive Therapy
Dogs are a man’s best friend but, for kids battling illness, relief from the stress of their situation may come on four legs. A study shows that furry friends may also improve a child’s chance of surviving cancer. An ongoing study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demonstrates the positive influence animal assisted interventions can have on children undergoing cancer treatment. The research, which was conducted in multiple hospitals and rehabilitation facilities throughout America, was presented at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in October 2015.

Dec 09, 2015

Keeping Mom Healthy: Caring For A Child Through Treatment

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It’s not unlike the oft-heard safety announcement on an airplane - “firmly secure your oxygen mask before helping those around you.” The point of the instruction is that you will need to be healthy enough to help others in a time of crisis. But is this same approach even remotely possible when caring for a sick child?

Dec 09, 2015

Keeping Mom Healthy: Caring For A Child Through Treatment

Sari & Jeffers
It’s not unlike the oft-heard safety announcement on an airplane - “firmly secure your oxygen mask before helping those around you.” The point of the instruction is that you will need to be healthy enough to help others in a time of crisis. But is this same approach even remotely possible when caring for a sick child?

About this Blog

Follow my stories to learn about the wish process through scientific, medical, and physiological research, and through the experiences of and personal interviews with wish kids, their families, volunteers and medical professionals to understand the impact of a wish in real terms. Twice a month I hope to shine some light into the wish process and the ripple effect it has on millions of people’s lives.

“Hope lays the foundation of what it means to be human, and wishes are the building blocks.”

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