Children’s Wishes DO COME TRUE
Experience how truly wonderful and magical it is to make wishes come true.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions.
Since 1999, we have granted wishes in Chad’s name to more then 38 wonderful children. These are children from your community whose families endure countless hospital visits and overwhelming medical expenses.
Wishes Granted in Chad’s and Alyssa’s Name
Four year old Trenton is battling Leukemia and his wish was a trip to the beach in San Diego. He built sand castles, collected sea shells and swam in the ocean with his family.
Greyson also has leukemia and this 15 year old from Springfield wished for a trip to Australia which included sky diving, snorkeling and a wildlife excursion.
Then there was the superhero shopping spree that 4 year old Jhalil wished for, complete with limo and VIP treatment.
Eight year old Kaleigh and her family went to the Florida Keys and she got her wish to swim with the dolphins.
And lastly, when Ruby found out she would be receiving a wish, she knew she wanted to take a family vacation to Hawaii.
In addition to granting Payton’s wish, Chad Blum Charities granted Emily her wish of going to a Washington Capitals game and meeting all the players. They had a luxurious limo take them to the game, went on a personal tour of the locker room and rubbed elbows with some tall players.
When five year old Ethen learned we were granting his wish, it was no surprise when he chose to go to Disney World and Lego Land. He and his family enjoyed a week of food, rides, parades and a big break from the routine of visiting doctors and hospitals.
Mason is a typical six-year-old boy from Forest Hill, Maryland. He loves to play MarioKart, go fishing and eat chocolate cake. Above all is Mason’s love for SpongeBob Squarepants and swimming. When Mason learned that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would grant him his own special wish, no one was surprised that he chose to go on a Nickelodeon® Cruise.
The stops on the ships included the beautiful beaches of St. Maarten Island and the breath-taking harbors of St. Thomas Island. Mason’s family was blown away by the spectacular shopping and fun they had in Nassau, the home of Blackbeard the Pirate.
Mason is a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His simple wish “to go on a cruise ship with a big slide and see Spongebob” was fulfilled. The joy that his wish brought to his family is indescribable and priceless. Although the family may not be on the cruise forever, they will always cherish the memories of the fantastic time they had together sailing across the Bahamas.
Robert is a 15-year-old music lover from Forest Hill, MD. His wish was to have a Gibson SG’61 re-issue electric guitar and equipment to create a guitar recording studio. That is just what he received, along with an iMac computer with recording software, a microphone, headphones, and amp.
Each wish provides a diversion from hospital visits and medical treatments and enriches the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Andrew is thirteen years old and lives in Westminster. Andrew loves the beach and we sent his family to St John in the Virgin Islands. His family enjoyed fishing, boating, kayaking and snorkeling during their week stay.
Katie, an 8-year-old girl from Man-chester, Md. battles an illness that does not al-low her to ride a traditional bike. When she found out she could have a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation, Katie asked for a special bike that she would be able to ride Katie’s new bike was revealed at her wish party, while she was surrounded by friends and family. The shiny purple bike came complete with a water bottle holder. After Katie had her pink helmet strapped on tight, she was ready to roll! She was so excited go to on her first ride, and smiled the entire time.
Sixteen-year-old Adrian from Temple Hills, MD has always wanted to walk into a mall and get anything and everything he wanted. So when he met with volunteers from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, it was an easy decision to go on a shopping spree for his greatest wish. He chose to go to Annapolis mall with his family and in addition, wanted to invite a special guest. Adrian’s mentor and good family friend lives in Chicago, IL. So as a special addition to his wish, the Foundation flew Adrian’s mentor to Maryland to join Adrian on his wish. Adrian, his family, and mentor were picked up early one morning in a limousine and taken to Annapolis Mall. Adrian spent the whole day picking out everything his heart desired, including a computer, clothes, and shoes. At the end of the day, he was thrilled to have gone on his first shopping spree and to have shared it with so many special people in his life. Click here to view a picture of Adrian.
While Victoria, 11, of Howard County, was spending a lot of time in the hospital, she was watching many home design shows which ultimately gave her the idea for her special wish. Victoria wished to have her room redecorated, after a consultation with an interior decorator. Victoria was ready for a “teenager’s” room, rather than the “babyish” room she had. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. had Victoria consult with a designer and then redecorated her room including, flooring, painting, lighting, furniture and accessories. Victoria now is excited to invite her friends for sleepovers and she expressed that the results were better than she could have hoped for.
Ten year-old Kara, from Carroll County, wished for a family trip to Disney World. Kara wanted to meet some of her favorite characters, such as Goofy and Lilo & Stitch. Of course, she also wanted to go on all of the rides and see fireworks. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc., sent Kara, her parents and her brother and sister for an all expenses paid vacation to Give Kids the World Village in Florida, where they received a seven day, six night stay, including Park tickets to Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios Park. Among many fun and exciting things, Kara got to meet her favorite characters and go on all of the rides she could imagine.
Seventeen year-old Kim, from Howard County, wished for “sun and fun” and for her that meant a “girls” trip to California, including her mom, Aunt and best friend. Kim visited DisneyLand, Universal Studios (where she got a back lot tour), had a special character breakfast with Chip & Dale (which she thought sounded like a lot of fun), and on one of her free days got to spend the day at Venice Beach, the “highlight” of the trip. For Kim, her California Adventure was truly a wish come true.
Three year-old Gillian loves going to the park, so it was no surprise to her parents when she wished for her very own custom Rainbow playground in her backyard. Thanks to your help, her dream will come true.
Sixteen year Marc had a dream of being an architect. Marc received a new computer with architecture software and spends hours every day working towards his dream.
Like most 13 year-old girls, Michelle loves shopping. Michelle’s greatest wish was to shop till she dropped. After a stretched limo ride and a day of shopping at Tyson’s Corner, Michelle said, “I had an awesome time and it is definitely a memory I will never forget.”
Monique “Olivia”, 7 yrs old of Bowie, MD – Her wish is go on a 7-night Disney Cruise. She hopes to see dolphins, get a massage and spend time alone on the trip with just her mom and dad. Travel in January.
Kenneth “KJ”, 18 yrs old of Silver Spring, MD – His wish is to travel to New Zealand with his mother and step-father. While there, he would like to do some day hiking, black-water rafting trip and bungee jumping. Travel in December.
Eleven year old Shanell, from Baltimore, who is fighting a life-threatening illness, loves to shop and has always dreamed of going to N.Y. and visiting designer shops and seeing the sights. Shannell’s wish came true when she and her family were sent to New York City for a shopping spree and the added treat of attending MTV’s Total Request Live.
$5,000 has been donated, on behalf of Chad Blum Memorial Charities, to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.
Fifteen-year-old James from Baltimore City wished for a shopping spree and was treated to an incredible day of spending at a local mall where he bought tons of clothes and a Nintendo PlayStation.
Eleven-year-old Gregory, from Ellicott City, also had his wish granted which was to go on a seven-day Disney Cruise in the Caribbean.
Because these children cannot personally thank all those who made their wishes possible, please accept our appreciation and know that your thoughtfulness will allow a special child’s dream to come true as well as provide wonderful and lasting memories for his entire family. You’ve done a wonderful thing and should be proud of it. We hope you’ll be a part of this cause for a long time. Again, accept our many thanks and wishes for a great summer.