Hero Wishes

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Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the entire country participate in this program by nominating one child every month for the entire year. The nominee is then recognized as the Kids Wish Network “Hero of the Month” for the facility. Hospitals, abuse shelters, homeless shelters and other specialized pediatric facilities nationwide tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of children and their caregivers.

If you know of a pediatric facility that would benefit from the Hero of the Month program, please have them contact us.

“She was very excited when she received her prizes. She put the t-shirt on right away and told her mom she wanted to buy a camera. She was all smiles! This is a great program!” - McLeod Children’s Hospital (Florence, SC)
 
 

Josiah, Taylor

Josiah, Taylor
Age: 4, 8
December 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children- Greenville nominated three Heroes in December 2014; here are two of their stories. Josiah (left in photo) was born without his right thumb and underwent surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville to reconstruct his hand by taking his pointer finger and turning it into a thumb. After his surgery, [...]
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Michael

Michael
Age: 14
December 2014 Michael is a kind and respectful 14-year-old who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. He has faced multiple struggles in dealing with his illness, but consistently impressed the staff at Arizona Children’s Center at Maricopa Medical Center. “I met Michael during his first admission to our hospital and remember being [...]
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Alex

Alex
Age: 14
October 2014 After experiencing a traumatic skateboarding accident in the summer of 2014, Alex was admitted to the Arizona Children’s Center at Maricopa Medical Center with a severe head injury and road rash burns to his arms and knees. The teen had to endure many difficult and invasive procedures: – being intubated – multiple surgeries [...]
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Haley

Haley
Age: 14
January 2015 The day before Thanksgiving 2014, Hero of the Month Haley was involved in a car accident. The 14-year-old suffered serious injuries and needed immediate medical treatment. From the day of her admission to after New Year’s, Haley spent long days in Kosair Children’s Hospital. The brave teen suffered through a lot of pain [...]
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Jamin

Jamin
Age: 8
January 2015 Hero of the Month Jamin is a brave and kind 8-year-old boy who suffers from congenital scoliosis. He recently suffered through two invasive procedures on his spine within a single month. The first was to alleviate leg pain and the second was a spinal fusion. He also had multiple readmissions due to complications [...]
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Dylan

Dylan
Age: 14
January 2015 Hero of the Month Dylan is a brave 14-year-old who sustained severe burns on his hand and legs. Dylan suffered burns on 10% of his body and had to have many painful bandage changes and a surgery to help his skin heal. After surgery, Dylan started therapy twice a day and will continue [...]
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Kilee

Kilee
Age: 16
January 2015 Hero of the Month Kilee is a smart and sweet 16-year-old girl who sustained a 45% total body surface burn. Her bilateral hands, arms, back, abdomen and lower extremities were affected. Kilee had to have many painful dressing changes and also a surgery to help her skin heal. From the very beginning, Kilee [...]
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Natalia

Natalia
Age: 10
January 2015 Hero of the Month Natalia has spent a large portion of her life in the hospital. The 10-year-old has a very complex medical history due to shaken baby syndrome, a seizure disorder and a small bowel obstruction. Natalia is also developmentally delayed, but radiates positivity. “We believe Natalia is a Hero for continuing [...]
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Japheth

Japheth
Age: 9
December 2014 Hero Japheth, or as he is commonly called “J”, came into the hospital extremely ill. He was facing an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes. Throughout multiple IV pokes and blood draws, J remained polite and brave. He even told his nurse “not to worry” because he has [...]
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Timmy

Timmy
Age: 5
December 2014 Timmy is a fun-loving and playful 5-year-old boy recovering from a life-altering medical struggle at Franciscan Hospital for Children. Timmy suffers from transverse myelitis, a rare inflammatory disease that causes injury to the spinal cord. He strives to work hard in his physical and occupation therapy sessions each day though some goals have [...]
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Conrad

Conrad
Age: 4
December 2014 Conrad was admitted to Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children suffering from pectus excavatum, meaning “hollowed chest”. This is a congenital deformity of the chest wall, causing it to look caved-in or sunken. As a result of his condition, 4-year-old Conrad needed physical therapy sessions. While the exercises he was being taught [...]
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Omar

Omar
Age: 5
December 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Omar has faced medical struggles since birth. The 5-year-old suffers from Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital condition that affects the large intestine. In June 2014, Omar was admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio to undergo multiple invasive procedures. He was discharged home, which is out of state, after a week [...]
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Cooper

Cooper
Age: 7
December 2014 “Cooper always gives 110%” Cooper was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 9 months old and utilizes regular therapy to increase his muscle strength. As a result of his condition, Cooper suffers from complete paralysis on his right side, known as hemiplegia. Recently, Cooper was once again treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children in [...]
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Natalie

Natalie
Age: 6
December 2014 Natalie was born with a ventricular septal heart defect, which creates one or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles, and a double-chambered right ventricle. She had her first open heart surgery when she was just 13 months old and required another surgery in November 2014; both to [...]
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Luke

Luke
Age: 11
November 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital In August 2013, Luke was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a type of irritable bowel disease. By March, he needed his first surgery to repair part of his colon. During the time immediately following surgery, Luke developed abdominal abscesses that required more medical attention. After addressing those wounds, it was predicted [...]
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Jayden

Jayden
Age: 3
December 2014 Mercy Medical Center Jayden is a 3-year-old who fell extremely ill and needed to be hospitalized. He had several days of nausea, vomiting and fevers that reeked havoc on the little boy. Jayden couldn’t eat or drink and was in excruciating pain. “For being 3 years old, Jayden was very brave and always [...]
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Ja’Licia

Ja’Licia
Age: 8
December 2014 CASA Ja’Licia is a very intelligent and energetic 8-year-old who loves to play house, dolls, and color, draw and write. She is a very imaginative little girl who loves to make up stories. Ja’Licia also likes to help her mom with chores and take care of her little sisters. Ja’Licia has faced difficult [...]
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Nevaeh

Nevaeh
Age: 5
When Nevaeh received her Hero of the Month package, it just made her day!
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John

John
Age: 13
John is a quiet and respectful 13-year-old boy who is smart and loves to read. He also is quite the competitive UNO player.
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Gauge and Jada

Gauge and Jada
Age: 7
The siblings spent two weeks in Kosair Children’s Hospital recovering, and did so with bravery.
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Our Mission

Kids Wish Network is an international 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.