November 13, 2015 |
IT WAS probably the hardest practice the Flyers had since training camp, and there weren't many smiles when players started filtering off the ice. Then Jake Voracek, who has yet to score this season, saw Liam Idzi and couldn't help but smile. Liam, 8, came from Madison, Wis., with his family and nurse, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Liam is in a wheelchair because he's been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a difficult-to-treat form of epilepsy.
January 4, 2015 |
If you've ever wondered about unanticipated ways in which your charitable giving pays off, here's one to think about. We asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation about some of the folks who have been granted wishes while seriously ill. Did anyone notice a long-term impact on the illness, or on his or her outlook on life? It turns out that a report on adults who were granted wishes as children found that the experiences sustained them years after they were cured of their diseases, according to a survey conducted by TCC Group in Philadelphia for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
December 15, 2014 |
WHEN Ashley Broaddus, 14, of Germantown was released from the hospital last Christmas Eve after suffering a stroke that left her paralyzed from the chest down, she refused to use a wheelchair. "She says, 'I'm not going to do it,' " said Yvonne Farrell, Ashley's mother. "So we went to therapy twice a week at CHOP . . . and we're just believing that she'll totally recover. " Now that wheelchair sits in her house covered in clothing. While in the hospital, Ashley was nominated for a wish to be granted through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
June 11, 2014 |
Radnor Township Police will be honoring officers, firefighters, paramedics and others on Monday night, including a policeman who was part of the team that escorted a terminally ill 3-year-old boy from Philadelphia International Airport to his home. Platoon 4 officers will be recognized for the safe arrest on May 1 of a Radnor man who, police said, was high on LSD and swinging two machetes while walking near a popular park. The machetes will be on display. They also will be recognized for the arrest of a male juvenile arsonist who was at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.
March 27, 2014 |
A 3-year-old Delaware County boy who got a police escort home after a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World last month, died Monday. Brayden Chandler's parents shared the news of his death Tuesday in a post on the "Brayden's Buddies" Facebook page, which has more than 8,000 followers. "We are saddened to say that heaven gained a superhero," they wrote. "Brayden has taught us many things in his short little life time. " Brayden was diagnosed with a bilateral Wilms tumor in January 2013.
November 15, 2013 |
THE MAKE-A-WISH Foundation grants wishes to children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical conditions. Tomorrow, in San Francisco, it will top anything it has done in its 33-year history when it fulfills the wish of a 5-year-old boy named Miles, who has leukemia. When asked what his wish was, Miles said he wanted to be a superhero. Batkid to be exact. The good people at the foundation went to work, asking for volunteers on its website. The response was overwhelming as over 10,000 people - some who said they are flying in - agreed to take part in the elaborate wish-granting plan.
March 29, 2013 |
You know you're in trouble, Maria Kefalas said sadly, when you're fast-tracked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kefalas, 45, is a St. Joseph's University sociologist whose daughter Calliope, 3, has a rare and untreatable genetic disease, MLD. It's a diagnosis without hope: Most patients don't live beyond age 5. Kefalas, along with her husband, Patrick Carr (also a sociologist), and their three children were sponsored for a trip to Martha's Vineyard over the summer by the foundation, which attempts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
December 31, 2006 |
Marathon runner Jim Higgins jokes that he plans to race 40 miles in two days just so he can get the Goofy medal at the finish line. It seems his two children tagged him with the Goofy moniker seven years ago before a vacation to Walt Disney World. The Lower Makefield resident plans to return to Orlando this week for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge so that he can claim the medal - and yet a bigger prize. He hopes to raise thousands of dollars to help a Doylestown girl through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
June 24, 2005 |
Iddo Hoyle kept an autographed football in his hand and a smile on his face last night. Hoyle, 14, of Philadelphia, suffers from spinocerebellar ataxia, a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. He is also a beneficiary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Professional athletes and the Eagles cheerleaders gathered at Public House in Logan Square for the third annual "Athletes Giving Back" evening. The event, which included live and silent auctions, benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
March 6, 2005 |
Cass Forkin couldn't be more excited. On the second anniversary of her Twilight Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Bucks County that grants wishes for seniors, Forkin has gotten her own special wish. The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania announced last month that it had accepted the foundation as a member organization, meaning that donations to the charity for seniors can now flow through the United Way. Forkin, 43, who founded the foundation in Doylestown in 2003, says the United Way affiliation gives the foundation credibility and exposure to larger contributors as well as the smaller donors who helped raise some $20,000 last year.