Tag: cruise wish

Virginia teen celebrates two-year “heartiversary” on cruise wish

February 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Va. (Feb. 27, 2015): Almost exactly two years ago, Chase Tasker was hooked up to multiple machines and lying in a hospital bed. In desperate need of a new heart, the Middletown, VA, boy never imagined he’d be celebrating his second heartiversary on a tropical cruise. But February 2015 is now filled with memories […]

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Cruise wish granted for local teen suffering from life-threatening illnesses

September 2014

SUMTER, S.C.: For 14-year-old Elizabeth Touchberry, dealing with life-threatening medical situations has been a constant in her life. But a little over a year ago, the Sumter teen fell ill again and missed out on a planned beach vacation. Recently, that vacation was finally realized when children’s charity Kids Wish Network granted Elizabeth’s wish for […]

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Aubrey and Eli’s brotherly Bahamian cruise

September 2014

“Aubrey and Eli truly felt special” As brothers, Aubrey and Eli share a lot in life: the same parents, toys, clothes, and even the same life-threatening illness. Both Aubrey and Eli suffer from type 1 diabetes and started showing symptoms at the same age. Aubrey, the older brother, started getting sick constantly when he was […]

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Kids Wish Network grants cruise wish for Indiana child suffering from life-threatening illness

June 2014

GREENFIELD, Ind.: As little Gwendolyn Redinger slowly climbed the steps toward the towering water slide, her mom Jennifer wasn’t sure if she’d have the courage to take the plunge. “We took her to the top of the stairs the first time, and once she saw how high it was, she said “No” and climbed back […]

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“Queen” Elizabeth’s tropical cruise

April 2014

“Everyone treated Elizabeth like royalty” Elizabeth’s harrowing medical journey begins before she was even born. Diagnosed in utero at 30 weeks with Chiari 2 malformation, doctors didn’t think she would survive, and if she did, she could be in a vegetative state for life. Little Elizabeth miraculously survived birth and had her first brain shunt […]

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Sidney’s Cruise to Health

April 2014

The time of her life When Sidney was only 6 years old, she fell extremely ill for weeks. When she was taken to the doctor, her blood sugar levels read over 1,000; that’s more than 600% higher than a normal, healthy range. Once the body’s blood sugar level reaches 180-200, it exceeds the capacity of […]

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Chase’s Tropical Cruise

October 2013

“Swimming with the dolphin was the highlight for Chase” In early 2013, Wish Kid Chase became violently ill during a basketball game. After a visit to his doctor, Chase was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyapathy, a life-threatening heart condition which prevents the heart from pumping correctly. In just a matter of days, Chase’s lungs began taking […]

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Gwen conquers her fear on her tropical cruise

October 2013

“It was so great to see Gwen overcome that fear on her own” When Gwen was 8 months old, her pediatrician noticed she wasn’t hitting the average developmental milestones. After routine DNA testing was performed, the results came back negative for any abnormalities, but when Gwen turned 2, she started having numerous seizures that prompted […]

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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.