Hero Wishes

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Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the entire country participate in this program by nominating up to five children each month. 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)
 
 

Connor

Connor
Age: 6
“If the bacteria entered Connor’s bloodstream, it could cause organ failure” Connor was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after being diagnosed at just 6 years old with bacterial pneumonia, an infection in the lungs that cause the air sacs to become inflamed and filled with fluid and cellular debris. It causes severe chest […]
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Bryson

Bryson
Age: 9
“Sustaining burns on 87% of his body, Bryson’s recovery is just beginning” At the age of 9, Bryson sustained a flame burn injury that affected 87% of his body. The extensive nature and severity of Bryson’s injuries required numerous surgeries to achieve complete wound coverage. The standard treatment for burn wounds is to harvest healthy […]
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Trinity

Trinity
Age: 7
“She suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car crash” A family car ride turned into a horrific accident for 7-year-old Trinity. A close relative did not survive the crash and Trinity suffered a traumatic brain injury from the impact. She also needed reconstructive surgery on her right leg in addition to […]
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Gregory

Gregory
Age: 4
“Suffered a stroke at age 4” At the age of 4, Gregory was involved in an unfortunate accident that completely changed his way of seeing the world. Because of a head injury he received in the accident, he also suffered a stroke. From the stroke, Gregory experienced hemiparesis, extreme weakness in one side of his […]
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Brycen

Brycen
Age: 4
“Brain damage can be a precursor to cerebral palsy” Brycen is only 4 years old and already he embodies the essence of a Hero. He is well spoken, kind, smart, and has been diagnosed with brain damage in addition to cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is characterized by conditions that are mainly orthopedic in nature. These […]
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Genesis

Genesis
Age: 14
“She fell out of an upper level window and landed on her feet” At age 14, Genesis took a hard fall out of an upper level window in a multistoried building. Landing on her feet, she sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) with multiple fractures throughout her lumbar spine and ribs as well as […]
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Carter

Carter
Age: 7
“He suffered a spinal cord injury following a car accident as a toddler” Carter was in a car accident when he was only 18 months old. He sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) and Brown-Séquard syndrome, a rare spinal disorder that results from an injury to one side of the spinal cord in which it […]
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Austin

Austin
Age: 10
“Being named Hero made him feel like he was on top of the world” Austin had a rough start in life. The 10-year-old experienced a lot of trauma in his early years, but has made tremendous progress with the help of a caring team of individuals that work with him. He responds well to kindness […]
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Blake

Blake
Age: 14
“Blake’s new family refused to give up on him” Blake had a traumatic childhood filled with harmful experiences that no child should have to endure. He was placed in foster care when he was 8 years old. Blake’s past prompted feelings of anger, loss, aggression, confusion, and mistrust of adults. He developed defense mechanisms in […]
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Ryler

Ryler
Age: 17
“It only takes seconds before a victim has no pulse” It was during a basketball game that high school senior and class valedictorian, Ryler, collapsed without warning. He went into sudden cardiac arrest, the unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness. Triggered by an electrical malfunction in his heart that caused an irregular heartbeat […]
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Lily

Lily
Age: 14
“A case of osteomyelitis led to the amputation of Lily’s arm and hand” Lily is a 14 year old girl from Oklahoma who was diagnosed at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis with osteomyelitis. This condition is an infection in the bones in her right arm and hand that traveled through her bloodstream or spread […]
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Brevin

Brevin
Age: 14
“Crohn’s disease can lead to life-threatening complications” Brevin is a 14 year old boy who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. This condition can lead to severe abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, mouth sores, weight loss, and malnutrition. The inflammation often spreads deep […]
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Tristan

Tristan
Age: 10
“He radiates optimism and positivity” Like many rough and tumble boys his age, 10-year-old Tennessee native, Tristan’s favorite activities include knee boarding, tubing, and riding four-wheelers. The easy-going child always has a new adventure on the horizon, but what makes Tristan different from most is that his latest feat wasn’t that of an athlete, but […]
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Riley

Riley
Age: 16
“Even facing heart failure, he finds ways to thrive” Riley has had countless surgeries and has spent endless hours at the hospital over his lifetime. Early on, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF), a chronic condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Symptoms of CHF can include […]
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William

William
Age: 7
“Boosting the confidence of a boy who struggles so much just to fit in” William was born with short limb dwarfism caused by the genetic condition achondroplasia, a kind of skeletal dysplasia characterized by abnormal bone growth. People with short-limb dwarfism have an average-sized trunk but shortened arms and legs. William has had severe difficulty […]
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Bailey

Bailey
Age: 17
“Both lungs filled with blood and her femur was broken in half” Bailey was the passenger on the back of a motorcycle when it was broadsided by a car. She was wearing her helmet, but it could not protect the rest of her body from traumatic injury. Bailey spent 11 days in the University of […]
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Jaxson

Jaxson
Age: 3
“A 3-year-old with potential heart failure” Two minutes is a long time for a 3-year-old to be cooped up, so can you imagine how hard 2 ½ weeks confined to a hospital bed would be? This is what Iowa native, Jaxson, endured after having heart surgery at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines. Jaxson was born with […]
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Maddie

Maddie
Age: 8
“Had her right foot amputated at age 2” Maddie was adopted from China when she was two years old. Shortly after coming to the United States, Maddie was admitted to Shriners Hospital – Twin Cities to have the lower portion of her right leg amputated due to a congenital defect. The amputation and then prosthetic […]
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Jason

Jason
Age: 17
“Burns affected 76% of his body” In 2008, 10 year old Jason sustained extensive second and third degree burns that affected 76% of his body. His initial hospital stay at Shriners Hospital for Children (SHC), Cincinnati was three months long and he has required ongoing care for his burn scars. Jason has needed to attend […]
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Hunter

Hunter
Age: 11
“His lengthening spine would lead to paraplegia” It is not normal for a child to experience chronic back and leg pain, but that has been Hunter’s reality since birth when he was diagnosed with deformities of the spine. Hunter has congenital vertical talus of his left foot and a tethered spinal cord. A vertical talus […]
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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.