Faculty & Staff Insider

March 1, 2018

Make-A-Wish and UW Combined Fund Drive team up to make wishes come true

 Jonathan was in kindergarten, getting used to his routine as a busy, young boy when everything changed.

His parents noticed he had some unusual bruising, so they took him to the pediatrician. They were heading home after school when the doctor called.

“He told us to go to the ER right away,” said Jonathan’s mom, Jean.

As one night in the hospital turned to four, the family’s fear grew.

“The hardest part was explaining to Jonathan what was happening,” Jean said. “Outwardly, he looked like his normal, healthy self. But inside, his blood was slowly making him sick.”

Jonathan was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia which often requires lifelong maintenance and monitoring. His current medication requires a regimented schedule that has created an entirely new daily routine for his whole family.WJonathan

In the midst of this tumultuous time, Jonathan and his family received a life-changing gift through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, which helps make wishes come true for children with l critical illnesses.

Jonathan’s dream became reality through the program as he traveled to New York City, walked the city streets, spent a day with the New York Police Department and experienced the many sights of a bustling metropolis.

“Jonathan’s wish opened our eyes to the world around us,” said Jean.

Now, Jonathan looks forward to anything involving Make-A-Wish®, where he’s surrounded by people who truly care about him and encourage him to keep dreaming. His family has stayed involved because they know how important a wish can be and how it gives a needed break to families constantly in the throes of medical procedures.

“Wishes give kids something to look forward to. They bring sense where things are confusing in their medical world,” said Jean. “Wishes bring hope, and this hope is tangible.”

Now, the UW Combined Fund Drive and Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington are teaming up to make wishes come true, and you can help.

Airline travel remains Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington’s single largest expense. It would take an estimated 80 million miles annually to grant all local travel wishes. Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington’s goal is to raise one million miles from March 5-18 to send more kids like Jonathan on their wish trip. You can play a part in granting these wishes by donating your unused miles today and sharing the donation link so others can do the same.