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Oct 19, 2017

Samantha is determined to make chronically ill kids feel less inVISABLE

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Samantha Konigsberg will turn 17 on October 19th and she has certainly lived an interesting life. Confident, ambitious, and undeterred, "Sammy," as she is affectionately called, sums it up with a quote on her social media bio: "I dare you to be 100% yourself, 100% of the time."

Oct 19, 2017

Samantha is determined to make chronically ill kids feel less inVISABLE

with karlie
Samantha Konigsberg will turn 17 on October 19th and she has certainly lived an interesting life. Confident, ambitious, and undeterred, "Sammy," as she is affectionately called, sums it up with a quote on her social media bio: "I dare you to be 100% yourself, 100% of the time."

Oct 04, 2017

Mason's wish to visit Bora Bora

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This October, Make-A-Wish is proudly celebrating the granting of 300,000 wishes worldwide. In honor of that milestone, we're sharing a touching testimonial from the mother of a young man whose wish took the family to Bora Bora. Suzanne explains what her son's wish meant to him and her entire family:

Oct 04, 2017

Mason's wish to visit Bora Bora

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This October, Make-A-Wish is proudly celebrating the granting of 300,000 wishes worldwide. In honor of that milestone, we're sharing a touching testimonial from the mother of a young man whose wish took the family to Bora Bora. Suzanne explains what her son's wish meant to him and her entire family:

Sep 26, 2017

Mateo's Wish to Help Animals

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Nine-year-old Mateo, who is battling a brain tumor, traveled from his home in Virginia to New York City (in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic chapter) to be an ASPCA volunteer for two days.

Sep 26, 2017

Mateo's Wish to Help Animals

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Nine-year-old Mateo, who is battling a brain tumor, traveled from his home in Virginia to New York City (in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic chapter) to be an ASPCA volunteer for two days.

Sep 20, 2017

Wish Kids Today: Andre Giannico

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"Wish Kids Today" is a blog interview series where we reconnect with wish kids who not only received their one true wish and overcame their illnesses, but also went on to do something great in their lives.

Sep 20, 2017

Wish Kids Today: Andre Giannico

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"Wish Kids Today" is a blog interview series where we reconnect with wish kids who not only received their one true wish and overcame their illnesses, but also went on to do something great in their lives.

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

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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!!

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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.

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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