Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon

Make-A-Wish Oregon grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Feb 24, 2017

Tristan's wish for a railroad crossing sign

Tristan and his sign
Tristan and his sign

Seven-year-old Tristan has a passion: railroads. He has loved them ever since he was a toddler when his mother got him his first toy train. Now, his wish to have a railroad crossing sign has come true, thanks to donors like you.

Though it may seem like a simple wish, it takes much more work than you might expect. Nearby specialists had to make the sign the appropriate size for Tristan’s room, and of course, it must look authentic. For some extra pizzazz, the Willow Creek Railroad & Museum held a special party for him.

At the party, Tristan’s eyes lit up immediately when he saw that the railroad sign was all for him. “Oh, my gosh!” he said, completely mesmerized by the lights, sounds and moving crossing arms.

“To see others love my son enough to want to pull this off was so amazing,” says Amy, Tristan’s mom. For her, this wish is more than a railroad sign; it is a gesture that Tristan’s kidney transplant isn’t the defining moment of his life. She believes the positive memory will have a profound impact on her son when he’s old enough to understand his own resilience and the support of his community.

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Dec 5, 2016

Scarlett's wish to go to Hawaii

Scarlett in Hawaii
Scarlett in Hawaii

Hula dancing on the beach.

Kissing a dolphin.

Eating all the gelato her little tummy can hold.

These are just some of the memories that 6-year-old Scarlet made during her wish trip to Hawaii thanks to Make-A-Wish®  Oregon supporters like you. She and her family enjoyed five days on the Big Island, where they also got to kayak, snorkel and swim in the warm ocean water.

“We really enjoyed spending time together as a family without the stress of treatment schedules or appointments,” said Scarlet’s mom. Even at this young of an age, Scarlet realizes how special that time was.

Thanks to your support, children like Scarlet can experience the life-changing impact of a wish. 

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Sep 2, 2016

Tim's wish to ski at Deer Valley Resort

Tim at Deer Valley Resort
Tim at Deer Valley Resort

Much has changed for 15-year-old Tim. “Pre-cancer you go through the day and take note of everything that went wrong,” he said. “But now my perspective has changed. I am more optimistic and positive. It makes for more good days than bad.”

His wish to go on a ski trip with his family in Deer Valley, Utah, also gave him a new outlook. During the wish trip, as he’s enjoying the 12 inches of new snow and tackling the steep slopes, he reflected on his battle with leukemia – all that he’s been through – and realized that it’s all about the journey, not the destination.

Thanks to your support, children like Tim can experience the life-changing impact of a wish. 

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