Hero Wishes

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)
 
 

James

James
“James is very ambitious and doesn’t let his disability define him” James has had to learn to conquer many difficulties in his lifetime, but he does not let them define him. James was born with cerebral palsy which is caused by brain damage that creates limits and difficulties with motor skills, muscles, and movement. He […]
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Shane

Shane
“Shane’s goal has been to be a positive role model for other kids his age” Shane is a great model of what a Hero truly is. When he was very young, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy which is caused by brain damage and creates limits and difficulties with motor skills, muscles and movement. He […]
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Elise

Elise
“Elise is a Heroic child – Her father is in the military and she is a strong girl with a positive outlook!” An allergic reaction at any level can be a bit scary, but the level that Elise’s body reacted to an unknown source that she inhaled was not only scary, but life threatening. Her […]
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LaKalvin

LaKalvin
“LaKalvin has lived a life full of adversities in his health and yet he displays many brave qualities that make him shine as a Hero” When LaKalvin was very young, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which is caused by brain damage at a young age and creates limits and difficulties with motor skills, muscles […]
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Bastian

Bastian
“Bastian is an incredibly resilient Hero who displayed great courage during frightening and painful experiences” Appendicitis is a very painful and sudden illness caused by an inflamed appendix, and it typically requires emergency surgery. Statistics reveal that this surgery is very common as one in every 15 Americans will be forced to experience this in […]
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Catherine

Catherine
“Catherine found the power within herself…” Catherine spent her childhood years moving from one rural Alaskan village to the next. She quickly learned what it was like to be different. Coming from one of the only non-Native families in the small village, Catherine experienced name-calling and bullying from older students, crushing her self-confidence and well-being. […]
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Alex & Sage

Alex & Sage
“Sage and Alex will forever be known as great Heroes” While making a long road trip home from their grandfather’s funeral, Alex and Sage were involved in a very serious car accident. The family was rushed to the hospital, Sage with a concussion and Alex with a traumatic brain injury, loss of consciousness, a concussion […]
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Alison

Alison
“She was brave throughout all of the procedures and during her hospital experience” The statistics are staggering: one in every 15 Americans will experience appendicitis which usually guarantees that the doctor will call for emergency surgery to remove the appendix. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. No one has ever been able to fully […]
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Luis

Luis
“EVEN AMID THE PAIN, HE WAS IN GOOD SPIRITS” Luis was only 6 years old and yet he had experienced something more traumatic than many of us will ever experience in our lifetime. While crossing the street with his father and younger brother, Luis was hit by a driver who recklessly drove through a red […]
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Olivia

Olivia
“Olivia Never Complained Once” What started off as a fun afternoon jumping around on a trampoline turned into a thoroghly unexpected hospital stay for two nights for 9 year-old Olivia. She fell off the trampoline and broke her left arm, and because it was such a bad break, she required surgery at Maryland Children’s Hospital, […]
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Brook

Brook
“NOT ONLY IS BROOK TOUGH AND VERY BRAVE, SHE IS ONE OF THE SWEETEST GIRLS WE HAVE EVER MET” Brook is one of the estimated 3% of Americans who have scoliosis. This condition creates an abnormal curve in the spine. If the spine is curved too much, surgery is required. Brook’s scoliosis was so severe […]
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Jacob

Jacob
“He exhibited every quality that a hero should have: courage, strength, and bravery” These were the profound words stated by Jacob’s child life specialist, Carly Thompson, when she nominated Jacob as Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month in August stating that he was “the bravest, most stoic patient I have ever worked with”. Over […]
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Zoe

Zoe
“She didn’t ask ‘Why me?’ but kept moving forward” Zoe became a paraplegic at the young age of nine. Over the years, her spine began to curve, and it was determined that she would need spinal fusion surgery to correct the problems that come along with the curvature. Zoe’s child life specialist Aleida wanted to […]
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Abby

Abby
“A positive attitude is everything” Spinal surgery is often one of the most invasive and dangerous surgeries and may require an inpatient stay of three to four days. Abby faced spinal surgery for her scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, with such courage, she just had to be recognized as one of Kids Wish Network’s […]
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Dakota

Dakota
“After his four day post-op stay, Dakota still faced up to eight weeks of physical therapy” Dakota was first treated for juvenile osteochondrosis of the hip and pelvis at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities when he was 9 years old. Osteochondrosis is a self limiting developmental derangement of normal bone growth and may […]
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Raeanna

Raeanna
“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
“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
“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
“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)
“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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48,632 kids helped this last fiscal year through our many programs and services.

Our Mission

Kids Wish Network is a 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.