Wishes Come True

Abigail really 'dug' the beach October 18, 2019 Ariel, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, once said, “Who says that my dreams have to stay my dreams?” A Special Wish Foundation- Dayton Chapter (ASW) strives to take the dreams of children battling life-threatening illnesses and turn them into realities, as was the case for Abigail Smith. Abigail’s dream was to go to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. In June 2019, ASW made that dream a reality. On June 10, Abigail, her four...
Wyatt goes to THE Castle October 9, 2019 “He takes it all in stride and just says, ‘This is what I gotta do,’” shares Katrina, mom of 10-year old, Wyatt Howel. We should all take a page out of Wyatt’s book when it comes to accepting hardship and adjustment. Wyatt was diagnosed at birth with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder that causes serious damage to the lungs, digestive system, and other organs in the body. CF affects the production of mucus, sweat, and...
Life is a highway- Thank you Trans Am Club of America September 30, 2019 If you are ever near the Holiday Inn on Presidential Drive in Fairborn, on the 4th weekend of August, you are sure to have heard the roaring of hundreds of Pontiac Trans Am.  Over the last 35 years, the Trans Am Club of America Dayton, Ohio Chapter (TACADC) has hosted the one of the largest all-Pontiac shows in the country, the Trans Am Nationals. Cars come from all over the United States and Canada. Not only is this a fun gathering of...
Thank you to our major 2018 donors! September 24, 2019 Thank you to our major 2018 donors! K99.1 FM Concert for a Cause Mr and Mrs. Philip Conway Panera Bread- Covelli Enterprises Trans Am Club of America Dayton Chapter Mrs. Nancy Baker The Allstate Foundation River Valley Credit Union Xavier University- Distance For Dreams Bunny and Woody Woodall Fund Huber Heights Firefighters Local 2926 Premier Health LexisNexis Cares Smith Middle School Enon 5k Run/Walk LLC The Kroger Company Mr....
Brooklyn takes on Walt Disney World September 12, 2019 “Mommy, I just want to cut it all off,” said Brooklyn Canterbury, after her hair started to fall off during treatment. Brooklyn was diagnosed in 2015 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is a childhood cancer. It occurs when there is an error in the DNA of a bone marrow cell. While in treatment for cancer, Brooklyn also underwent two different surgeries for a port. After the first surgery, her port got infected and had to be removed....
Gemma gets a 'Spoon full of sugar' August 27, 2019 Every parent dreams of having a healthy child, who will spend his/her childhood at the park, at the pool, at the zoo. For some parents, their hopes and dreams are instantly changed when their child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Now, their child is spending countless hours in doctor’s offices and hospitals. Unfortunately, this was the case for Gemma Nessler’s parents when she was diagnosed at a young age with a unique, genetic...
Scarlett gets to meet Mickey August 15, 2019 Every little girl dreams of being a princess- dressing up in beautiful gowns, having extravagant hair-dos, and attending the most fabulous balls. Scarlett Unrast’s dream of being a princess looked a little different when she was diagnosed at the age of 1 with Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. As a result of treatment, Scarlett’s reality became hospital...
Custom Nike Shoes for Tristan! August 1, 2019 What do Michael Jordan fans love most? Exciting basketball and ballin’ shoes. This is certainly true for 18-year old Tristan Plemons, who is a huge Michael Jordan fan. While rooting on a favorite athlete is typical for an 18-year old male, Tristan’s adolescence was far from typical. Tristan was diagnosed in this early teens with an extremely rare Germ Cell Tumor of the brain. Germ Cell Tumors represent only 3-5% of childhood brain tumors....
Golf in the Dark?!?! Sign me up! July 12, 2019 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play golf in the dark? Look no further! A Special Wish Foundation- Dayton Chapter’s 8th Annual Glow Fore Wishes returns on Friday, August 23, 2019. Glow Fore Wishes is a night time golf tournament that gives teams a unique opportunity to hit the links after the sun sets. Teams deck out their golf carts with balloons, glow in the dark accessories, and other fun decorations. Anne Gniazdowski, a...
Zack Goes to the Pro Bowl! June 24, 2019 Every Fall, sixteen year old Zack looks forward to football. Zack loves everything about football, from playing on the National Trail High School team to watching his favorite college and NFL teams and players. During Zack’s freshman season, he noticed a pain in his ankle. After playing through it, he started to think he had a sprained ankle.  Zack went to the doctor and found out the pain was not a sprain at all, he had something much...
Pickin' in the Park June 24, 2019 Is there anything better than great music, cold beer and food trucks? YES, we think there is!  Combine those three, and add in the gorgeous RiverScape, then add live, progressive bluegrass music performed by bands from all over the country and you  have the perfect summer evening! Since 2014, Five Rivers MetroPark has been hosting Pickin’ in the Park on the first Friday evening of May, June & August at Riverscape in downtown...
Summer of Wishes June 24, 2019 Each summer, groups and individuals hold fundraisers that support A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter (ASW). Not only are needed funds generated, but many more people are reminded about the importance of the organization’s mission to grant wishes to local children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.  Summer and early fall are chock full of events and festivals that support ASW.  Leading off the summer...
Hunter Goes to Walt Disney World June 24, 2019 When Hunter was just 2 years old, his parents (Joe and Heather) noticed he had swollen glands in his throat. They made an appointment with their family doctor thinking he just had a case of strep throat. During the exam, the doctor lifted Hunter’s shirt and examined his liver and spleen and directed the family to immediately go to Dayton Children's. This was not a simple case of strep… this was much worse. While at Dayton Children's, Joe and...
5th Annual Superhero Donut Run - 2019 February 25, 2019 Come out in your Superhero Costume and run to help grant the Special Wishes of  Dayton area children who are battling life-threatening illnesses.   The 5K, 10K, and Fun Run (1 mile run for kids 8 years old and younger) begin and end at Centerville High School football stadium.  Join us after the race for food, awards, and of course, Bill's Donut's famous donuts!   CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR AND...
2020 Valentines Dance - Dayton Dancing with the Stars: February 7th, 7PM to 11:30PM! October 25, 2018 A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton has been making special wishes come true for local children for over 30 years. These wishes wouldn’t be possible without the continued generosity of the community. I ask you to join ASW and continue to give local Wish Kids and their families’ memories that will last a lifetime. The 15th Annual Valentines Dance, benefiting The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish...
2019 Glow Fore Wishes : August 23rd, 7PM June 21, 2018 IT’S BACK! The only night of the year when you can hit the links after the sun sets. Glow Fore Wishes, benefiting A Special Wish Foundation and local children battling a life-threatening disorder, returns Friday, August 23, 2019, at Community Golf Club. Glow Fore Wishes is a great night of golf where the only light on the course is by the neon glow of the balls, flags, pins, and hopefully a full moon.  REGISTER YOUR TEAM...