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Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true #13345966 11/18/19 07:44 PM
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When life-changing wishes are granted, a wish effect occurs. The wish allows children battling critical illnesses to build the hope and strength they need to fight harder and see the impossible become possible. Research shows wishes can give these children a higher chance of survival. And, itโ€™s why health professionals often use a wish as part of their treatment plan, because wishes can build compliance with care and potentially give their patients a better chance of reducing time spent in the hospital. There is nothing more powerful than a child's wish โ€“ that's the wish effect. ~ From the "Make a Wish" Foundation Web Site.

The 26-year-old mother stared down at her son who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to that.

But, she still wanted her son's dreams to come true. She took her son's hand and asked, "Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life? "

Mommy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up."

Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if we can make your wish come true."

Later that day she went with "Make a Wish" to her local fire department in Phoenix, Arizona, where they met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix.

They explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give the six year old a ride around the block on a fire engine.

Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!

And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat-not a toy one, but one with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast."

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his fire uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven.

There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's van, and even the fire chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news program.

Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.

One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.

The chief replied, "We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's just the fire department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?

About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital, extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window and 5 firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room.

With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they loved him. With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said, "Chief, am I really a fireman now?" "Yes, Billy, you are a fireman now," the chief said.

With those words, Billy smiled and closed his eyes one last time. He passed away later that evening.

(This is the story of the very first child helped by the "Make a Wish" Foundation", now making a wish come true every 34 minutes.)


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Re: Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true [Re: crapyetr] #13345980 11/18/19 07:53 PM
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Re: Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true [Re: crapyetr] #13345982 11/18/19 07:56 PM
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Re: Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true [Re: crapyetr] #13345984 11/18/19 07:57 PM
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Re: Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true [Re: crapyetr] #13345990 11/18/19 08:02 PM
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Re: Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true [Re: crapyetr] #13346030 11/18/19 08:54 PM
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Wow, powerful. That makes the problems you have seem trivial. Great story crapyter.


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Re: Make a Wish Foundation 1st wish come true [Re: crapyetr] #13346060 11/18/19 09:32 PM
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Man that's good stuff.

I remember several years ago I was at a Corvette club event at TMS and I got to take a Make a Wish kid out for a lap on the big track. A moment I'll never forget!



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man, my eyeballs are sweatin now.


great organization too.


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Originally Posted by JJ4MEL
angel I'm not crying...


Me either.

I've had the chance to support Make a Wish three times when I was at Fort Hood. Those were the highlights of my career. It's humbling to meet those kids and their parents.

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Originally Posted by hopalong
man, my eyeballs are sweatin now.


great organization too.


Same here, dang onions.

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