Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children

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In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families.

With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children–their stories inspiring testimonials to the resilience and strength of the human spirit. These families generously invite us into ...

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Overview


In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families.

With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children–their stories inspiring testimonials to the resilience and strength of the human spirit. These families generously invite us into their worlds, allowing us to become part of their darkest moments, their unimaginable realities, their greatest hopes, deepest fears, and unbelievable triumphs.

Experience the story of Katelyn, a little girl becoming a medical marvel after defying all odds stacked against her and making it her life-long goal to raise $3 million for St. Jude Hospital; read about a wheelchair-bound boy, Garrett, giving the gift of mobility to disabled Cambodian men and women; and root for the family of a little boy, Dakota, who collects millions of pennies each year to help others fight the disease they once fought. Become inspired and forever-changed by the generosity, hope, courage, and optimism of these children and their families and experience the power of two words, “I wish.”

Once Upon A Wish is a celebration of hope, revealing how wishes-come-true can become ultimate motivators and cherished gifts that will last a lifetime.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation began in 1980 with one little dying boy's dream of becoming a police officer. In the thirty plus years since, the volunteers of the foundation have granted the wishes of nearly 300,000 children. Once Upon A Wish invites readers into the uplifting stories of eight gravely ill children whose wishes were fulfilled and their parents. In several cases, the wishes became gifts paid forward: For example, one little girl made it her goal to raise $3 million for St. Jude's Hospital; another stricken child helped bring wheelchairs to disabled Cambodians. Heartwarming stories for anyone with a heart.

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“Meeting Serena via the Make-A-Wish Foundation was an extraordinary and life-changing experience. The story behind her journey to that fateful day is a brutally honest account of bravery and determination we can all take inspiration from. I certainly have.”
Darren Hayes, singer-songwriter

“These inspiring stories captured by Rachelle Sparks will make your heart sing. Every child has a wish, and everyone should read this!”
Randy Gardner, 1979 World Champion Figure Skater

Kirkus Reviews
An inspirational book about eight children who struggled with life-threatening diseases and had their wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation. In the foreword, Make-A-Wish co-founder Frank Shankwitz tells the story of the first child who inspired the foundation. He suffered from leukemia, and his wish was to become a Highway Patrol motorcycle officer. Shankwitz, who was in the Arizona Highway Patrol at the time, was able to grant his wish with the help of other officers. All of the stories are touching, and the children are memorable and, while similar, display plenty of differences. There is Tatum Null, who describes herself as "sassy" and is obsessed with Disney princesses. Katelyn Atwell, another cancer survivor, became an engagement speaker after raising enough money to grant five wishes. While the Make-A-Wish foundation is often thought of as a relief for children in pain, this shows that it is much more. Sparks demonstrates how having a wish granted--whether it was a vacation, swimming with a dolphin or meeting a significant person--helped with the healing process. Many of the children became stronger as a result of having something to look forward to. As Sharon Atwell, Katelyn's mother, says, St. Jude healed her daughter physically, while Make-A-Wish healed her spiritually. Not all the stories have happy endings, but the patience and gratitude of the parents for every moment they get to spend with their children is inspiring. The subject matter makes the book occasionally painful to read, but it is informative about the difficult world of children with life-threatening diseases and their families.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937856120
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 968,928
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Rachelle Sparks worked as an award-winning journalist for a daily newspaper in Prescott, Arizona, where she wrote stories about the unforgettable “wish” families who became her inspiration for writing Once Upon A Wish. She then became a freelance writer for numerous publications, including Arizona Highways magazine and the Phoenix and San Francisco editions of 944 magazine, while venturing the country to interview and capture the stories of the families featured in this book. She lives with her husband, Bobby, and their two sons, Andrew and Evan, in San Diego. This is her first book.

Frank Shankwitz is a cofounder and first president/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, founded in 1980. Still actively involved, he is featured as keynote speaker for fundraising events at chapters across the country and has also served as a board member for the Arizona chapter. Shankwitz has been featured in numerous media outlets, including New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer's new book, Heroes For My Son, USA Weekend Magazine, The Huffington Post, Glenn Beck, and in newspaper articles around the world. Shankwitz is an Air Force veteran and retired as a detective from the Arizona Department of Public Safety with more than 32 years of service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    how many pages?

    :)

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful book with great stories, I highly recommend

    Absolutely wonderful book with great stories, I highly recommend it!

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