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)
 
 

Raeanna

Raeanna
Age: 7
“A head on collision fractured seven year old Rae’s spine and neck” At the age of seven, Rae was involved in a major motor vehicle accident. The family car was struck in a head on collision. Although Rae was severely hurt, she noticed that her father was having significant trouble breathing and crawled into the […]
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Zachary

Zachary
Age: 14
“The tremendous amount of treatment he has needed has not been physically or emotionally easy on him” The positive attitude exuded by Hero of the Month Zachary is nothing short of remarkable considering the number of surgical procedures he has endured during his young life. His parents brought him to Shriners Hospitals for Children – […]
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Lance

Lance
Age: 13
“In the most severe cases, injury to the brain from inflammation can result in a coma or death” Lance was diagnosed with encephalitis, a rare condition characterized by inflammation of the brain likely caused by a viral infection. Lance spent days that turned into weeks on bed rest in the ICU receiving care for his […]
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Ella

Ella
Age: 3
“By age 3, she had already undergone 3 surgeries” Ella has had three surgeries in the three years since her birth. She was born with myelomeningocele, a severe form of open spina bifida. This defect caused her spinal cord and surrounding nerves to protrude through an opening in her spine, forming a visible sac on […]
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Rick(Austin)

Rick(Austin)
Age: 6
“The blunt trauma to Austin’s skull caused his brain to hemorrhage” Austin was helping his dad clean pine needles off of the roof of their house when the six year old suddenly slipped, falling ten feet to the ground. He hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury that consisted of an epidural hematoma […]
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Romualdo

Romualdo
Age: 8
“He was partially paralyzed, and it could take him up to a year to fully recover” The past six months have been extremely challenging for young RJ. In and out of the hospital on at least 12 prior occasions with respiratory issues related to laryngomalacia and rhinoviruses, the eight year old is very familiar with […]
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Kayden

Kayden
Age: 15
“Kayden’s broken body was covered in bruises and abrasions from head to toe” Kayden was riding his bike to the high school football stadium when he was struck by a car. The 14 year old was rushed to CoxHealth’s Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital by ambulance and brought into the ER as a […]
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Sarah

Sarah
Age: 14
“Sarah had to relive the pain all over again” You wouldn’t know it from looking at her now, but 14 year old Sarah was recently in a horrific head on collision. As this is the second car accident that she has experienced in her young life, Sarah was forced to relive the painful trauma and […]
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Sommer

Sommer
Age: 10
“Sommer suffered for two years before a doctor discovered the source” Sommer started experiencing severe leg pain when she was eight years old. At first, her symptoms were disregarded as growing pains. She suffered for two years until finally getting a referral to see a specialist. At age 10, Sommer was diagnosed with a birth […]
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Oakleigh

Oakleigh
Age: 3
“Oakleigh was alert even as her surgeon pushed her organs back inside of her over the course of a week” Oakleigh was in a lot of pain when she first arrived at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Several x-rays revealed that she was suffering from a blockage in her bowels. Her doctors performed surgery and discovered that […]
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Tyler

Tyler
Age: 14
“Transverse myelitis makes athletic boy immobile in the blink of an eye” Tyler was returning home from baseball practice when he was overcome with a sharp pain in his lower back. It spread to his hip, and a punishing burning sensation traveled down both of his legs from mid thigh to the tips of his […]
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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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48,632 kids helped this last fiscal year through our many programs and services.

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.