“Those kids are my heroes and by actively deciding to help them continue their fight with a little more hope, you’re one of my heroes, too.”—Michael Jordan, from the Introduction
Poignant stories from this nation’s best loved athletes include Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, John Cena, Bethany Hamilton, Danica Patrick, Tony Hawk, the New England Patriots, and many more.
Imagine a seriously ill child who gets to make one wish . . . and that wish is to meet you. How would you measure up? Wish Granted shows how twenty-five of the most celebrated professional athletes of all time answered this question by sharing what it is like to transform the lives of Make-A-Wish kids. You will find out that these wishes are game changers, not just for the kids . . . for the athletes themselves. Some, like record-breaking gold medalist Michael Phelps, discover the tremendous impact wish kids have had on wish granters’ perspectives, on their understanding of real strength, and on how we all want to live our lives.
Sports fans will be thrilled to get an insider’s look into the deeply personal moments of their favorite superstars, and every reader will find inspiration in the amazing gift of human connection.
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About the Author
Make-A-Wish® was founded in 1980 after a group of law-enforcement officers granted the wish of a seven-year-old boy with leukemia. Make-A-Wish has since grown to become one of the world's leading children's charities. With the help of donors and more than 25,000 volunteers nationwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 240,000 wishes.
Don Yaeger is an eight-time New York Times best-selling author, longtime associate editor at Sports Illustrated, and award-winning inspirational speaker. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, son, and daughter.
Table of Contents
Introduction Michael Jordan: 1
Seeing Dreams and Wishes Coming True Michael Phelps: 10
You Can't Say No Ken Griffey, Jr.: 20
Up for the Fight John Cena: 28
Racing for Smiles Jimmie Johnson: 40
The Blessing of Joy Bethany Hamilton: 48
Building Relationships for the Entire Family Kurt Warner: 56
Giving Children a Sense of Ownership Luis Gonzalez: 64
The Experience Will Change You Grant Hill: 72
Paying It Forward Chris Petersen 80
Attitude Is Everything Annika Sorenstam 90
The Gift of Memories Scott Hamilton 100
Rising to the Challenge Chipper Jones 108
Wishes Are Part of a Mission Evander Holyfield 116
One Person Can Make a Difference-A Child Changed Me Larry Fitzgerald 122
Every Child Deserves a Childhood Jim Kleinsasser 128
It's About Doing Right Ricky Carmichael 134
Live in the Moment Misty May-Treanor 140
We Can All Do Something Barry Sanders 148
Defying Expectations Anthony Robles 154
Finding a Cause Tim Hudson 162
It's All About Hope Tony Hawk 170
Granting Wishes Makes Me Better Landon Donovan 178
It's All About Attitude Danica Patrick 188
A Team Responsibility The New England Patriots 194
About Make-A-Wish® 210
About Michael Jordan 211
About Don Yaeger 212
How It All Started 213