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)
 
 

Mykaela

Mykaela
Age: 4
When Mykaela was 4 years old, she started limping and was taken to the doctor. After an X-ray was done, doctors discovered a cyst on her left femur. A more detailed MRI discovered another cyst, and little Mykaela was scheduled for surgery.
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Mackenna

Mackenna
Age: 4
Mackenna was admitted to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital following severe symptoms of asthma exacerbation and pneumonia. Due to the four-year-old’s chronic asthma, she has frequent clinic and hospital visits for treatment.
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Steven

Steven
Age: 15
Steven first came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in February where he endured multiple diagnostic procedures before being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting, painful symptoms.
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Josie

Josie
Age: 8
Meet Josie; this 8-year-old is an incredible example of a Hero of the Month. She is more than deserving of this award, and KWN, along with Beaumont Children’s Hospital, is honored to recognize her determination.
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Nicole

Nicole
Age: 16
When Nicole was just an infant, she was involved in a house fire and sustained a large burn injury. She was first treated at an outside hospital close to her home in Kansas and was then transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children- Cincinnati.
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Ernest

Ernest
Age: 17
When Ernest was 2 years old, he experienced a terrible house fire in which he sustained burns on over 65% of his body. Ernest, whose friends call him Zay, spent months in the hospital recovering before he was well enough to go home
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Joshua

Joshua
Age: 10
Joshua came to White Memorial Medical Center suffering from abdominal pain that proved to be appendicitis. The 10-year-old appeared calm and was able to clearly explain what he was feeling within his body.
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Kenneth

Kenneth
Age: 4
Kenneth was admitted to Maimonidas Medical Center with severe pneumonia. During his admission, the 4-year-old had difficulty breathing and had to be placed on oxygen.
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Nicholas

Nicholas
Age: 6
In January of 2014, the world changed forever for 6-year-old Nicholas. Nicholas, or Nick for short, was sitting on the curb cracking walnuts with two of his friends when disaster struck.
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Justine

Justine
Age: 8
Justine was admitted to Metro Health Hospital in April 2014 for an undisclosed medical procedure. This experience was Justine’s first IV. Angie, her Child Life Specialist, explains below why she nominated 8-year-old Justine for a Hero of the Month.
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Mylohn

Mylohn
Age: 8
Mylohn was diagnosed with nephritic syndrome in 2010 when he was 4 years old, and has been a consistent trooper throughout his medical struggle.
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Olivia

Olivia
Age: 5
When Olivia was just days old, her mother knew something wasn’t quite right. The infant felt “squishy” when being held so she was rushed to the emergency room. Through many struggles and obstacles, Olivia was finally diagnosed with Osteogenesis imperfect, more commonly referred to as brittle bone disease.
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Brendon

Brendon
Age: 15
Brendon was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect in which the bones of the spine (vertebrae) do not form properly around the spinal cord, and has paraplegia as a result.
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Ruben

Ruben
Age: 5
Ruben is a shy, 5-year-old that has worked through multiple admissions at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. His stays at the center are a result of his severe asthma diagnosis.
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Dylan

Dylan
Age: 5
When Dylan was only 18 months old, he was playing outside with his father and brother when a gas can exploded.
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Bounlod

Bounlod
Age: 10
Bounlod is a 10-year-old girl from the country of Laos. When she was only 13 days old living in Laos with, the protective mosquito net covering her crib caught fire from a candle, severely burning Bounlod in the process.
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Amya

Amya
Age: 8
Amya is an amazing 8-year-old from South Carolina that was injured, along with her sister and father, in an early morning car accident. Immediately after the accident, Amya was admitted to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to stabilize her broken leg, pelvis and hand as well as multiple other procedures.
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Candace

Candace
Age: 18
Candace was only 14 months old when she sustained a burn jury from scalding water. She spent several months recovering in a hospital in South Carolina and transferred to Shriners- Cincinnati when she was 4.
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Lucas

Lucas
Age: 16
Lucas is a brave 16-year-old from Ohio who suffers from a history of ulcerative colitis. He previously underwent a total colectomy and ileostomy, which removed his colon completely and altered his small intestine to allow passage of waste.
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Honor and Hailey

Honor and Hailey
Age: 9 & 17
Honor and Hailey are a brother/sister pair who were injured in a car accident in the summer of 2013. Honor suffered severe head injuries that required immediate surgery and extensive hospitalization.
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114,912 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.