Florence teens grant wish of 5-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

February 7, 2012

Florence teens grant wish of 5-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

SCNow.com | February 3, 2012 | By Patricia Burkett

FLORENCE- A legacy of giving came full circle in Florence Wednesday, as high school students came together to honor the legacy of a former assistant principal while making one child’s dreams come true.

Members of West Florence High School’s student government began a fundraising campaign on Dec. 1, to collect money to grant the wish of five-year-old Grace Dixon.

Representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked officials at the school if they would like to help grant the wish of Dixon, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The condition causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

Grace’s mother, Robin, said she was very surprised when she found out that her child’s wish would be granted through the generosity of other young people.

“It was very heartwarming and amazing,” Robin Dixon said.

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A wish come true for a wheelchair-confined girl

November 5, 2011

A wish come true for a wheelchair-confined girl

WHDH-7 (NBC) | October 19, 2011

HINGHAM, Mass. — It was a wish come true for a young girl from Hingham, who is confined to a wheelchair.

The 3-year-old, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, has always wanted a dog.

And now her wishful thinking has paid off.

The Make A Wish Foundation stepped in to find her the perfect four-legged friend

As she reached for a hug, 3-year-old Greer Ramsey greeted her new 7-month-old miniature poodle, Sparkles. All thanks to Make A Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Miley Cyrus meets a fan and gets a tan in Adelaide

July 6, 2011

Miley Cyrus meets a fan and gets a tan in Adelaide

AdelaideNow | July 2, 2011 | By Matt Gilbertson

MILEY Cyrus caught up with one of her number one fans before her rather raunchy show at Adelaide Entertainment Centre this week.

Sixteen-year-old Tina May, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, has been a patient in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 12 months, where her room is plastered with Miley posters and even a fabulous Miley bedspread.

But, needless to say, nothing was going to keep Tina away from Wednesday night’s show.

In the lead-up to what she described as “the single most exciting thing in my life”, Tina checked herself in for a Miley makeover, having her hair and make-up done by City Chic and Iris Boutique.

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Maple Ridge students making wishes come true

June 17, 2011

Maple Ridge students making wishes come true

MapleRidgeNews.com | June 17, 2011 | By Colleen Flanagan

Students at Alexander Robinson will be making a sick little girl’s dream come true this year.

After raising $2,783.06 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, they learned that they will be sending an 11-year-old girl suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), to see Glee in concert in Toronto and to also meet the cast.

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Semmes family gets new pool, courtesy of Magic Moments

June 10, 2011

Semmes family gets new pool, courtesy of Magic Moments

AL.com | June 6, 2011

SEMMES, Alabama — Thanks to Magic Moments, an organization established in 1984 in Alabama to grant non-medical wishes to children 4-18 living in Alabama with life-threatening or life-altering medical conditions, there is a new saltwater swimming pool in Semmes at the house of Chris Martin.

Martin’s 8-year-old daughter, Maddy, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when she was only 7 months old. The disease has left Maddy with muscles too weak to lift her arms or move her legs.

“She can’t move at all out of the water except to wiggle her fingers, but in the water, she can move more. She giggles and laughs,” said Martin.

He discovered Maddy’s ability to move in water when they went on family vacations and stayed in a place with a swimming pool.

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Whitfield honored for service

April 29, 2011

Whitfield honored for service

ThisWeekNews.com | April 27, 2011 | By Jennifer Nesbitt

For the last eight years, Westerville resident Nila Whitfield has helped make the wishes of more than 40 children come true.

As a result, the Make-A-Wish volunteer and fundraiser has been named an “outstanding volunteer” by the foundation’s Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Region.

Whitfield said she first volunteered for Make-A-Wish after a friend’s child had a wish granted. That friend began volunteering and encouraged Whitfield to do the same.

“When I got ready to retire from Ohio State, she said, ‘Nila, this would be perfect for you,'” Whitfield said.

Whitfield said the families she meets are what make volunteering for Make-A-Wish great.

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Wish Comes True for Semmes Girl

March 18, 2011

Wish Comes True for Semmes Girl

WKRG | March 16, 2011 | By Devon Walsh

An eight year old Semmes girl, with a debilitating condition had a dream come true today, thanks to the Magic Moments organization. She now has a new pool in her backyard!

Maddy Martin has wanted a pool for years. She has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and is confined to a wheelchair. Her condition has worsened to the point she can’t move the majority of the muscles in her body. When asked about whether she is excited about her new pool, she uses her soft voice and raises her eyebrows. “yes, I am,” she says.

The Magic moments organization, which grants wishes to Alabama children, is granting Maddy’s wish. With the help of her father Chris, Maddy will be able to enjoy the water, along with her two little brothers. Chris Martin says the pool will be therapeutic as well. “The pool is the only way she can move, so when she sees herself moving, she gets all excited giggling and stuff. She can’t move anything accept in the water.”

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A Rockville Centre boy’s wish comes true

February 11, 2011

A Rockville Centre boy’s wish comes true

LI Herald | February 10, 2011

Rockville Centre resident Dylan Cuevas, 7, who has spinal muscular atrophy, used his Make-A-Wish to meet President Barack Obama last year, telling him about the disease and raising awareness of it. With his parents Debbie and Ron Cuevas, sister Heather and grandfather John Martin, Dylan was greeted by the president in the West Wing Hall outside the Oval Office on May 25. The family also met with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy during their visit to Washington, D.C.

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Sisters become ‘princesses’ at Disney World

December 24, 2010

Sisters become ‘princesses’ at Disney World

Herald Times Reporter | December 24, 2010 | By Suzanne Weiss

MANITOWOC — Sarah and Madison Wright are back in the land of ice and snow.

But the Manitowoc sisters have warm memories of their recent Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to Disney World and other attractions in Orlando, Fla., where they were treated like princesses.

Accompanied by their parents, Melissa and Ron Wright, and five private-duty nurses, the girls left Manitowoc on Dec. 5 and returned Tuesday. A story in the Herald Times Reporter on Dec. 6 detailed how the foundation granted the wishes of Sarah, 12, and Madison, 6, who have spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease in which muscle control and movement progressively weaken.

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Hunter and Thayne’s Wish: Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyworld

December 22, 2010

Hunter and Thayne’s Wish: Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyworld

KPVI News 6 | December 22, 2010

Our Season of Wishes series continues with the finale involving a pair of two local twins and their race cars. Pool therapy is their favorite as gravity is one of their worst enemies.

Out of the pool on this day, Hunter and Thayne are busy making a Christmas present for their mother.

Jessica, Hunter and Thayne’s Mother: “They used to follow me down the hallway and roll underneath me, right behind me. They were fast.”

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