Did you use to make wishes all the time as a child? I know I certainly did. There’s something so magical about a wish – the sense of hope and magic it can bring – when you threw a penny in a fountain, or blew a dandelion clock, or blew out birthday candles, or in that moment before you fell asleep at night and wished for something with all your heart’s might. Think about how magical it would have been if one of your wishes came true. That’s why – you may have seen on my social media – I support Make-A-Wish, an incredible charity which grants wishes to seriously ill children. Because I believe in the difference a truly magical wish can make to a child who needs that hope so much.
Take Ethan, who’s wish was to be an American Police Officer for the day and ride a cop car. Ethan, aged 6, is living with non-correctable and palliated congenital heart defects. The condition can require surgery and the symptoms include rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating and extreme tiredness. Ethan is often breathless and he is unable to walk long distances.. Something that must be so incredibly tough to live with as a six year old. On the day of his wish, Ethan and his family traveled to Leeds and on the following morning were picked up in a Limo to take them to the West Yorkshire Police Training Facility at Carr Gate. The Limo was also in convoy with two American Police cars. How amazing is that?
Or five year-old Finn, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Finn is currently undergoing treatment and will continue treatment until 2019. His One True Wish was to go to Lapland, as both Finn and his brother Archie love all things Christmassy! Just look at his little face below….
So with all of this in mind and in honour of the importance of childhood wishes and the hope and magic they can bring – I’ve called on fellow fab parenting bloggers to share their children’s childhood wishes here – it makes for a seriously feel good read so here we go:
To be a bit taller! – Real Mum Reviews
To be a famous You Tuber – Soph Obsessed
To be a doctor in space – Odd Socks and Lollipops
To be a big brother! – My Boys Club
To find treasure! – Yorkshire Wonders
To have a pet unicorn – Five Little Doves
To marry mummy – The Incidental Parent
To go to Antartica – Five Adventurers
To be an astronaut – Refined Prose
To have their grandma back – Baby Budgeting
To live at Disneyland with Mickey and Minnie! – Twinderelmo
To never eat vegetables again – The Strawberry Fountain
To meet the Ninja turtles – Baby Holiday
To be a goldfish! – Country Heart and Home
To be an adult and make the rules – The Hearty Life
To be naughty every day – Sorry About The Mess
To visit Grandad’s caravan – A Mum Reviews
To have another baby sister – Everything Mummy
To be a zookeeper – Red Rose Mummy
To be an author (with a house full of animals!) – Starlight and Stories
To be a ‘big girl’ – Tippy Tups
For the dinosaurs to come back and be a paleontologist! – New Mum Online
To have snow! – Mudpie Fridays
To have a pony in the garden – Living With A Jude
To eat cake for breakfast – Nomi Palony
To see the sugar plum fairy in the land of sweets! – Susan K Mann
To have a kitten – Mum of Three World
To be Daddy’s wife – Porridge and Parenting
To be Christmas every week – Adventures of a Mum
To “fit in” – Absolutely Prabulous
To fly like a bird – Motherhood: The Real Deal
Of course, not all dreams can be made to come true, but when it comes to Make-A-Wish, finding out and granting wishes is what it’s all about. When a child is fighting a life-threatening condition, their future is uncertain. Their whole family’s world is turned upside down. That’s why wishes are so important. Once their most cherished wish is granted, a child will see that anything is possible. It gives them and their family the emotional strength they desperately need to fight their condition and hope to face their future – whatever it might hold.
You can help sponsor a wish and make a seriously ill child’s dream come true from as little as a one off donation of £10 over on the Make-A-Wish website. There are so many wonderful children who are waiting to have their wishes come true – including Lexie who also has leukemia and a severe global development delay and has the simple wish of going on a family holiday. Let’s help bring the power of a wish to seriously ill children today.
Will you help make a sick child’s wish come true?
Disclosure: I was paid absolutely nothing for this post and donated it in kind to support the amazing work Make-A-Wish do