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)
 
 

Ella

Ella
Age: 6
February 2015 Over the past few months, Ella has suffered through three separate surgeries. The 6-year-old has dealt with complications from epilepsy since birth and needed these surgeries to help reduce the number of seizures. Recently, she spent about two weeks as an inpatient at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where she received physical, occupational, [...]
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Xakkary

Xakkary
Age: 3
January 2015 After spending over 18 days at BSA Health System hospital in Texas, 3-year-old Xakkary demonstrated bravery many, many times. He was admitted for a severe and rare case of pneumonia that required multiple procedures. Xakkary courageously suffered through a central tube, chest tubes, a feeding tube, catheter, breathing treatments, antibiotics, and lots of [...]
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Michael

Michael
Age: 17
December 2014 After breaking his left arm in football practice, Michael could have sustained a game-ending injury. As his high school’s senior left-handed pitcher, the team was counting on him to perform by the beginning of the season. His doctor at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville created a treatment plan just for the athlete [...]
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Avery

Avery
Age: 6
February 2015 The last few weeks of January for 6-year-old Avery were spent at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. After undergoing multiple labs and tests, doctors were able to determine Avery was suffering from disseminated mycobacterium avium-intracellular complex (DMAC), an infection that causes patients to suffer from weight loss, fever, and other serious complications. During [...]
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Emmanuel

Emmanuel
Age: 7
February 2015 Emmanuel was admitted to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital for a diagnosis of flu, pneumonia and severe complications from both illnesses. The 7-year-old was hospitalized for almost two weeks. Emmanuel bravely suffered through an intubation and required four chest tube placements. He was even sedated for several days to give his lungs [...]
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Nathan

Nathan
Age: 8
February 2015 Hero of the Month Nathan has been a real HERO since birth. Diagnosed with Tetraology of Fallot, a heart defect, Nathan has already had six surgeries at just 8 years old. His first heart surgery was conducted when he was 3 months old and required a six-month hospital stay. Tetraology of Fallot has [...]
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Laramie

Laramie
Age: 5
February 2015 On November 9, 2014, Laramie’s life changed forever. After getting caught in a house fire, the 5-year-old sustained severe burns on 75% of his body. When Laramie first arrived at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati, he was in a medically-induced coma and had to undergo several skin grafting surgeries in order to cover [...]
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Heather

Heather
Age: 12
February 2015 In November 2014, Heather came to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati after a campfire accident left her with severe burns on 70% of her body. The 12-year-old is a county-girl at heart and loves the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and country music. Throughout her stay, Heather has battled through painful wound treatments and therapy sessions [...]
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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, dressing changes [...]
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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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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.