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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

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.

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.

Mar 21, 2016

Childrens Extraordinary Instinct to Give

Children’s Extraordinary Instinct to Give
Children may be born with the instinct to give and cooperate, but their willingness to commit to altruism may need their parents to solidify their behavior.

Mar 21, 2016

Childrens Extraordinary Instinct to Give

Children’s Extraordinary Instinct to Give
Children may be born with the instinct to give and cooperate, but their willingness to commit to altruism may need their parents to solidify their behavior.

Mar 03, 2016

Solace In Sisterhood

Most children in the United States grow up with sisters or brothers, a perpetual playmate, and oftentimes, their lifelong best friend. There is rarely a bond more intricately woven into one’s life than the relationship children develop with their siblings. This bond is especially important in times of sickness.

Mar 03, 2016

Solace In Sisterhood

Most children in the United States grow up with sisters or brothers, a perpetual playmate, and oftentimes, their lifelong best friend. There is rarely a bond more intricately woven into one’s life than the relationship children develop with their siblings. This bond is especially important in times of sickness.

Feb 11, 2016

Advancements in Childhood Diseases – A Look Back at AIDS and Wishes

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My first visit to meet with the staff of Make-A-Wish Metro New York was full of eye-opening “reallys?” and some special “aha” moments. One of those moments was that although it seems everyone knows Make-A-Wish, most people when asked will say that “Make-A-Wish provides a dying wish for children.”

Feb 11, 2016

Advancements in Childhood Diseases – A Look Back at AIDS and Wishes

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My first visit to meet with the staff of Make-A-Wish Metro New York was full of eye-opening “reallys?” and some special “aha” moments. One of those moments was that although it seems everyone knows Make-A-Wish, most people when asked will say that “Make-A-Wish provides a dying wish for children.”

Volunteering: Mind the Gap

Volunteering: Mind the Gap
When a child receives a wish, there is an army of effort behind each one. Wishes all start with referrals. Referrals can come from members of children’s medical teams, children’s families, or even the children themselves. Once each child qualifies for a wish, a team of volunteers takes over. Make-A-Wish volunteers make each wish possible, but there is a gap between how many eligible children are waiting for their wishes to be granted, and the number of volunteers available to make them happen.

Jan 29, 2016

Volunteering: Mind the Gap

Volunteering: Mind the Gap
When a child receives a wish, there is an army of effort behind each one. Wishes all start with referrals. Referrals can come from members of children’s medical teams, children’s families, or even the children themselves. Once each child qualifies for a wish, a team of volunteers takes over. Make-A-Wish volunteers make each wish possible, but there is a gap between how many eligible children are waiting for their wishes to be granted, and the number of volunteers available to make them happen.

Pawsitive Therapy: The Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond

Pawsitive Therapy
Dogs are a man’s best friend but, for kids battling illness, relief from the stress of their situation may come on four legs. A study shows that furry friends may also improve a child’s chance of surviving cancer. An ongoing study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demonstrates the positive influence animal assisted interventions can have on children undergoing cancer treatment. The research, which was conducted in multiple hospitals and rehabilitation facilities throughout America, was presented at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in October 2015.

Jan 13, 2016

Pawsitive Therapy: The Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond

Pawsitive Therapy
Dogs are a man’s best friend but, for kids battling illness, relief from the stress of their situation may come on four legs. A study shows that furry friends may also improve a child’s chance of surviving cancer. An ongoing study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) demonstrates the positive influence animal assisted interventions can have on children undergoing cancer treatment. The research, which was conducted in multiple hospitals and rehabilitation facilities throughout America, was presented at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in October 2015.

Dec 09, 2015

Keeping Mom Healthy: Caring For A Child Through Treatment

Sari & Jeffers
It’s not unlike the oft-heard safety announcement on an airplane - “firmly secure your oxygen mask before helping those around you.” The point of the instruction is that you will need to be healthy enough to help others in a time of crisis. But is this same approach even remotely possible when caring for a sick child?

Dec 09, 2015

Keeping Mom Healthy: Caring For A Child Through Treatment

Sari & Jeffers
It’s not unlike the oft-heard safety announcement on an airplane - “firmly secure your oxygen mask before helping those around you.” The point of the instruction is that you will need to be healthy enough to help others in a time of crisis. But is this same approach even remotely possible when caring for a sick child?

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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