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Sep 13, 2017

Walk For Wishes Raises $125K for Make-A-Wish Metro New York

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The brisk cool air of dawn gave way to beautiful skies, sunshine and warmth at Sunday morning's Walk For Wishes at Eisenhower Park on Long Island.

Sep 13, 2017

Walk For Wishes Raises $125K for Make-A-Wish Metro New York

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The brisk cool air of dawn gave way to beautiful skies, sunshine and warmth at Sunday morning's Walk For Wishes at Eisenhower Park on Long Island.

Superstar wishes are granted at WWE Summer Slam 2017

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WWE held their annual SummerSlam event in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 20. It couldn't have been more exciting for the wish kids from around the country who, with their families, found themselves in the Big Apple, enjoying all the fun and excitement leading up to the big Sunday event.

Aug 22, 2017

Superstar wishes are granted at WWE Summer Slam 2017

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WWE held their annual SummerSlam event in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 20. It couldn't have been more exciting for the wish kids from around the country who, with their families, found themselves in the Big Apple, enjoying all the fun and excitement leading up to the big Sunday event.

Officer Eric's NYPD Adventure

Officer Eric's NYPD Adventure
The streets of Brooklyn were safer today, because of a new NYPD recruit. Eric Cao is 8 years old and battling a life threatening illness. His one wish: to become a police officer.

Jun 27, 2017

Officer Eric's NYPD Adventure

Officer Eric's NYPD Adventure
The streets of Brooklyn were safer today, because of a new NYPD recruit. Eric Cao is 8 years old and battling a life threatening illness. His one wish: to become a police officer.

Jun 13, 2017

Power of a Wish New York Gala by Arda Ocal

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My heart and soul are full of joy this morning as I open my laptop and type out this blog.

Jun 13, 2017

Power of a Wish New York Gala by Arda Ocal

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My heart and soul are full of joy this morning as I open my laptop and type out this blog.

Jun 13, 2017

Top Six Gala Photo Bombs

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Our favorite photo bombs from the Power of a Wish Gala

Jun 13, 2017

Top Six Gala Photo Bombs

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Our favorite photo bombs from the Power of a Wish Gala

Why Wishes Can’t Wait For These Children – ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT!!

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Wish granting is important year round, and during the summer months more wishes are granted than any other season, making fundraising and volunteering high priorities to support these additional wishes that need to be granted before school starts for wish kids in the fall.

Aug 15, 2016

Why Wishes Can’t Wait For These Children – ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT!!

Wishes Can't Wait Blog
Wish granting is important year round, and during the summer months more wishes are granted than any other season, making fundraising and volunteering high priorities to support these additional wishes that need to be granted before school starts for wish kids in the fall.

Training to Grant Wishes - One Volunteers Story

Training To Grant Wishes – One Volunteer’s Story
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Jul 05, 2016

Training to Grant Wishes - One Volunteers Story

Training To Grant Wishes – One Volunteer’s Story
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Empowering A Child With A Wish: Science is on the side of HOPE

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When a child’s wish comes true, whether it’s to meet a favorite sports star or swim with dolphins in Hawaii, parents and volunteers see the child change from within. An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of doctors and nurses who treat wish kids believe the wish experience can influence their young patients’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Jun 21, 2016

Empowering A Child With A Wish: Science is on the side of HOPE

Empowering A Child With A Wish

When a child’s wish comes true, whether it’s to meet a favorite sports star or swim with dolphins in Hawaii, parents and volunteers see the child change from within. An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of doctors and nurses who treat wish kids believe the wish experience can influence their young patients’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

The Nutritional Needs of Children Enduring Cancer Treatment

The Nutritional Needs of Children Enduring Cancer Treatment
When children are diagnosed with cancer, their nutrition may not seem like a top priority. It may be pushed aside while treatment, care, emotions, and even hospital bills take priority. But eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment have the potential to improve children’s treatment by making them feel better and stay stronger.

May 03, 2016

The Nutritional Needs of Children Enduring Cancer Treatment

The Nutritional Needs of Children Enduring Cancer Treatment
When children are diagnosed with cancer, their nutrition may not seem like a top priority. It may be pushed aside while treatment, care, emotions, and even hospital bills take priority. But eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment have the potential to improve children’s treatment by making them feel better and stay stronger.

Lionel's Team

Lionel's Team
How one Make-A-Wish kid is using his wish to give back to the community that helped him.

Apr 07, 2016

Lionel's Team

Lionel's Team
How one Make-A-Wish kid is using his wish to give back to the community that helped him.

About this Blog

For me, the point of volunteering for Make-A-Wish is to bring the skills and passion I have for storytelling to make more wishes come true. I love bringing stories alive through multimedia platforms - social media, blogs and video posts – so that all of you can feel like you are front and center watching a wish unfold live! I’m excited to bring you incredible stories of joy, resilience and healing that can only happen with Make-A-Wish.

I first witnessed the power of a wish first hand through my work as a broadcaster with WWE. It was incredibly powerful to see children whose wish to meet their favorite WWE star, literally transformed right in front of my eyes.

I'm going to be your host as Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of critically ill children. I can't wait to bring you these extraordinary stories involving incredible people! Please feel free to reach out and let me know what you are thinking about the stories and let’s figure out how everyone can get involved.”

Arda Ocal @ardaocaltv

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