Grant Stories

Make-A-Wish Oregon

By February 12, 2019 January 10th, 2020 No Comments

Make-A-Wish Oregon tells us how our grant has supported its mission:

Make-A-Wish Oregon creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. In fiscal year 2017, Make-A-¬≠Wish Oregon granted 250 wishes, the most ever in the chapter’s history. The Marie Lamfrom Foundation’s support helps make wishes come true and helps Make-A-Wish Oregon fulfill our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. Here are just some of their stories:

Evalyn, age 4, Portland
Medical condition: Rhabdomyosarcoma
Wish: To go to Disneyland Resort

Evalyn is a four-year-old from Portland who loves Disney princesses and, according to her family, knows all their names by heart. Evalyn loves to have tea parties, play with dolls, and sing “Let It Go” from “Frozen” on her karaoke machine. Evalyn’ s wish was granted to go to Disneyland Resort to meet her favorite princesses, where she spent time with Cinderella, Elsa, Anna, Belle and many others!

Sammy, age 5, Portland
Medical condition: Liver failure
Wish: To ride in a submarine

Sammy is a five-year-old from Portland who loves sea creatures, specifically orca whales, and the TV show “Octonauts,” a cartoon featuring a team of undersea explorers who are always ready to dive into action to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures, and protect the ocean. This was the inspiration behind Sammy’s one true wish: To ride in a submarine! Sammy was also excited for his brother to be able to come on his wish trip and share the fun activities together. Sammy and his family traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to fulfill Sammy’s wish to ride in a submarine and enjoyed time together on the beach in the warm sun.

Marticella, age 11, Cornelius
Medical condition: Cerebral palsy
Wish: To go to Walt Disney World Resort

Marticella is an 11-year-old from Cornelius who loves everything from the movie “Frozen.” Some of her favorite things are listening to the “Frozen” soundtrack, playing the Anna and Elsa memory game, and reading books based on them over and over. This was the inspiration for Marticella’s wish, to go to Walt Disney World Resort to meet Anna and Elsa and have a meal with them. After the wish, Marticella’s parents said, “This gave my child the biggest smile on her face, not having to worry about what appointment we were going to, or who was going to stick her with the next needle. She was able to take the time to relax and enjoy life as a child, and was able to experience, with Disney characters, the joy of a dream come true.”

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit their website.

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“This gave my child the biggest smile on her face, not having to worry about what appointment we were going to, or who was going to stick her with the next needle.”