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Make-A-Wish<sup>®</sup>

Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish® is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and 33,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish® has granted more than 285,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish® America, visit wish.org.

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Your support can help grant wishes for kids like Zoey.

Your support can help grant wishes for kids like Zoey.

With her outgoing personality and animated demeanor, wish kid Zoey is best described as a ray of sunshine. She loves all things pink, her favorite animal is a unicorn, and if given the chance, she would eat vanilla ice cream and pizza every day. At only four-years-old, the Charlotte native has courageously faced incredibly hardship in her life. Being diagnosed with leukemia, she spends most of her time in doctor's appointments and hospital visits. Through it all, Zoey fights her disease bravely and never lets her smile waver. When asked what her one-true-wish was, Zoey shared her answer without hesitation and wished to visit her best friend, Gianna, in Lake Tahoe while staying in a cabin with a hot tub.

From the moment Zoey and her family arrived at their cozy Lake Tahoe cabin, they couldn't believe they were finally there, and that the wish was happening! The incredible house was complete with a pool table, movie room, and of course, a large hot tub! After getting settled in at the cabin, it was time for Zoey and Gianna's reunion.

Zoey squealed with excitement when she saw her best friend, and the room was instantaneously filled with nonstop giggles and smiles! Together, they played in the snow all day long, building snowmen, making snow angels and even sledding! After a fun day in the snow, the girls couldn't wait to warm up in the hot tub that Zoey had been envisioning for so long! Zoey's mom captured this moment on camera and said, "I got really emotional because the picture just captured the essence of the wish -- it was exactly what Zoey had wanted to do and had been talking about." At the end of the trip, Zoey did not want to say goodbye to Gianna, but was so happy to have spent so much time with her best friend.

The wish trip was a much-needed escape from day-to-day life for Zoey and her family. After the trip, her mom said, "The trip was really special because it really lifted Zoey's spirits. Getting to see her friend and know that she still loved her even with her short hair meant so much to her." Now, whenever she looks at the photos, she is reminded of the incredible wish experience she shared with her very best friend.

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