Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA

by Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon
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Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Make Wishes Come True for Kids in OR & SW WA
Wish kid Olivia with rainbow hair & a yellow shirt
Wish kid Olivia with rainbow hair & a yellow shirt

Olivia was completely over the moon on the day her biggest dream came true. The 4-year-old, from Ridgefield, wished to have a backyard playhouse equipped with a swing set and pirate ship loft that she could paint her very favorite color – rainbow!  

“I love rainbows because they’re bright and fun, just like me,” said Olivia. 

Olivia now spends most of her days swinging, playing make-believe in her rainbowtastic playhouse kitchen, and offering drive-thru window service for the imaginary cookies she bakes from inside.  

Your support helps Make-A-Wish® Oregon transform the lives of local children, like Olivia. Right now, there are more than 300 kids just like her in our community who are dealing with the pain and uncertainty of childhood illness, which makes your continued commitment to our mission is even more critical. You are helping to create hope for local kids at a time they need it most.  

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Wish kid Eric in his black suit and red bowtie
Wish kid Eric in his black suit and red bowtie

Eric’s wish for a shopping spree was so much more than just one special day. It was a day to feel like a kid again. The 12-year-old, from Woodburn, was showered with gifts from stores throughout the mall and his spirit was uplifted by the life-changing magic of a wish come true.

During the shopping spree of his dreams, Eric received so many toys, games, and gifts. The highlight of the day was receiving a special three-piece formal suit with a bright red bowtie, giving Eric a much-needed boost of confidence and joy.

Right now, there are nearly 300 kids in our community dealing with the pain and uncertainty of childhood illness which makes your continued commitment to our mission is even more critical. Your support helps Make-A-Wish® Oregon transform the lives of those local children. You are bringing hope to children like Eric.

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Wish kid Jade and her puppy Gypsy
Wish kid Jade and her puppy Gypsy

Jade's one true wish was to have a golden retriever puppy to snuggle with at home. A cuddly companion to keep her company after her kidney transplant. In the months leading up to her wish coming true, it's all she could think about. The Vancouver teen prepared by reading books about puppy care and eagerly anticipated the moment she'd come face to face with her new best friend, Gypsy.

Because of donors like you, Make-A-Wish Oregon was able to deliver hope to Jade in the form of a fluffy four-legged companion during an especially difficult time. For Jade, this life-changing moment was also an important step toward gaining her own independence. Caring for Gypsy all on her own is a way for the teen to move forward, after an extremely challenging time in her life.

Thank you for providing hope to children battling critical illnesses through your support of Make-A-Wish Oregon. During times like these, knowing there are others that embody generosity is both humbling and inspiring.

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Jordan with his photography equipment
Jordan with his photography equipment

Jordan, a 16-year-old from Philomath, wished to have equipment to support his love of photography - a new hobby he had discovered while staying close to home. Recently, Jordan was surpised with friends and family cheering him on as Make-A-Wish® Oregon revealed that his wish was coming true.

Since his wish was granted, Jordan has been putting his talents to work, capturing beautiful shots of local flowers, birds, and landscapes. He created his own social media page to share his photography, all taken with his camera and equipment, gifted by donors like you! Check it out at @jordan_indrawan_photography on Instagram.

A wish can bring hope, strength, and joy to children and their families during a time when they need it the most.

“I would like to personally thank all of you that supported me in my journey fihting and defeating cancer. The path was difficult, but the desntination is well worth it,” said Jordan, on the day of his wish reveal.

Your donation helps Make-A-Wish Oregon transform the lives of local children. With your help, we hope to grant 140 wishes in 2020 to local kids, like Jordan.

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Malakai making pasta!
Malakai making pasta!

With your help, we aim to grant more than 270 wishes in 2020. Wishes like Malakai’s.

Malakai has loved to cook since he was 3-years-old. The now 13-year-old from Florence, Oregon, has honed his skills and palate since his toddler days, and developed a deep love of Italian food. Malakai, who was born with a genetic disorder, finds true joy in preparing, cooking, and eating pastas, pizzas and other Italian dishes. So when he was referred to Make-A-Wish® Oregon, he knew his one true wish was without question a food tour of Italy.

The team at Make-A-Wish Oregon began planning and Malakai’s wish came to fruition. During the trip, Malakai and his family learned to make pasta, gnocchi, and pizza from authentic Italian chefs in Florence, Italy. The family was even able to visit Rome.

“I can’t even put my gratitude for the whole Italy experience into words,” Malakai’s mom said. “Thank you.”

A wish for a child like Malakai brings so much more than joy – it provides something positive for the child and their family to reflect on during rough times. Malakai’s genetic disorder will always be with him, but so will his love of Italian food and the precious memories from his trip eating his way around Italy. Thank you for helping transform the lives of local children like Malakai.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
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Twitter: @ORWish
Project Leader:
Jessica Taylor
Portland, Oregon United States
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