Wish Department


Helping Auriana Find Her Voice

January 9th, 2015

Auriana, or Auri, as she is affectionately called, was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes lifelong developmental delays and poor muscle tone. As a result of that condition, Auri suffers from atrioventricular canal defect, a combination of several abnormalities in the heart. This defect occurs when there’s a hole between the chambers […]

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Our KWN Disney Princesses

July 21st, 2014

Abigail, Ciara and Mattingly’s wishes all have at least one thing in common; they all want to meet the Disney Princesses! The three Wish Kids started their wish trips the end of the July and a few lucky KWN staff members got to greet them outside the gates of the Magic Kingdom. The girls were […]

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Becoming part of Gwen’s family: Cassi’s first Wish Kid

April 18th, 2014

Hi! My name is Cassi, and I started working as a Wish Coordinator at Kids Wish Network a few months ago after working in the school system for several years. Working at KWN has given me an even bigger opportunity to put smiles on kids’ faces. Just this past week I was able to put […]

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My first Wish Kid!

March 14th, 2014

Hi! I’m Tonya, and I am a Wish Coordinator. I started out at Kids Wish Network in our Programs Department (read more about our other programs here) and now am very fortunate to be a part of the Wish Department. I play an active part in helping grant the wishes for truly special children. It […]

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Guest Blog: Wish kid Ashley Owen

March 4th, 2014

Ashley was granted a wish to visit Hawaii in Sept. 2013. She suffers from Neonatal Onset Multisystem Inflammatory disease (NOMID). The disorder causes persistent inflammation and tissue damage primarily affecting the nervous system, skin, and joints, along with headaches, seizures and vomiting as a result of chronic meningitis. Ashley must take daily shots to prevent […]

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Chicago Hospitality

February 13th, 2014

Planning a wish to meet a celebrity can sometimes come on short notice – just like this week’s wish for our wish kid Rene to meet his idol Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. With a small window to make it happen, I was lucky to make some great connections in Chicago. And, wow, what […]

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Experience the Kids Wish Network Difference: Super Bowl Champs

February 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for becoming the champs of Super Bowl XLVIII! The Seahawks are great organization and did so much to grant the wish of Jacob. Kids Wish Network is honored to work with such awesome NFL teams; here’s a recap of some wishes we’ve done with other Super Bowl champs! Kids Wish […]

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Ben’s Failing Heart Required Life-Saving Surgery

December 2nd, 2013

Ben was born with a cleft palate and a heart murmur. At five weeks old, doctors discovered that he had an extremely rare combination of four heart defects called Tetralogy of Fallot. His blood flow did not carry enough oxygen from his heart to the rest of his body. He was 15 months old when […]

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48,632 kids helped this last fiscal year through our many programs and services.

Our Mission

Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.