Wishes Come True

School, businessman and A Special Wish have ongoing connection February 20, 2017 A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton (ASW) has been granting wishes for 33 years, and for 29 of those years, Smith Middle School in Vandalia has helped make this happen. Generations of children, though in very different circumstances, have been giving back to ASW’s mission. Each year, fourth- and fifth-grade classes participate in penny wars, dinner with Santa, which began in 2015, and new in 2016 was a read-a-thon. Every single penny...
Valentine’s Day kicks off with ‘Dancing for Wishes’ event February 8, 2017 The 12th annual Valentine’s Dance benefiting A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton will be held at the Wright State University Nutter Center from 7 to 11:30 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 10. This unique one of a kind event features a night of dancing, a live band, and amazing food and drinks. The highlight of the evening will be the Original Dancing with the Dayton Stars competition where six local community leaders are paired with professional...
Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney January 24, 2017 A child’s wish, no matter the age, is incredibly special. Almost all of us have looked into the night sky waiting for the exact moment we see a shooting star in order to make a wish of our very own. Every time we blow out candles on a birthday cake, even as adult, we make a wish. Gavin Musgrove, a 4-year-old from New Carlisle is no exception. Gavin wished to go to Disney World, and A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton, set out to make...
2018 Valentines Dance - Dayton Dancing with the Stars: February 9th, 7PM to 11:30PM! January 23, 2017 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 13th Annual Valentines Dance benefiting The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish...
Vandalia students raise funds for Special Wish Foundation January 11, 2017 VANDALIA — Each year, 4th and 5th-grade students at Smith Middle School participate in penny wars, a friendly competition to raise money for the Special Wish Foundation. This year a read-a-thon was added and raised an additional $4,500. Smith students were able to break the record set last year by raising $10,459.40. The Special Wish Foundation will be able to grant three wishes with the contribution. This raises the amount that Smith...
It’s been a ‘Special’ year! December 28, 2016 As the final hours tick away from 2016, we pause to reflect on the year that was. All of us at A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton (ASW) have plenty to be grateful for and to celebrate. Throughout 2016, ASW granted 42 wishes to local children battling life-threatening disorders. For the majority of our wish kids and their families, Walt Disney World and the attractions of Central Florida were the most popular destinations. Spending the...
Dayton girl handles cystic fibrosis with a great attitude June 8, 2016 By Tyler Gregory Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that more than 33,000 people live with in the United States, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry. Cystic fibrosis is a complex disease that results in the buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. The mucus in the lungs can block airways and trap bacteria and mucus in the pancreas can prevent the release of digestive enzymes. May was Cystic Fibrosis...
Mark your calendars for these fun fundraisers! May 24, 2016 Over the past 18 months A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton Chapter (ASW) has been shared stories about the many local children we have served. The stories have shared the excitement of visiting Walt Disney World and meeting Mickey Mouse, to placing a foot into the ocean, to meeting a favorite celebrity or athlete. As summer approaches, so does “wish season.” Looking ahead to the next few months, ASW is excited to be granting...
Family who lost child to genetic disease pays it forward through volunteering May 16, 2016 This article was published in the Dayton Daily News on May 11, 2016. By Chuck Manker It would be almost impossible for the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation to grant wishes to children with life-threatening disorders in its six-county area without the help of dedicated volunteers like Anne and Tom Gniazdowski of Springboro. Their son, Danny, was granted a wish in 2004 when he was 6 years old to Walt Disney World and other Orlando,...
Superhero Donut Run a Huge Success April 25, 2016 Over 1,200 people laced up their running shoes, and many wore superhero costumes to participate in the 2nd Annual Superhero Donut Run on Saturday, April 16th. A Special Wish Foundation (ASW) – Dayton Chapter, organized the event with the help of presenting sponsors Bill’s Donut Shop and Primrose Schools of Centerville and on Yankee. If the buzz on social media is any indicator, the event was a huge success and a lot of fun. Check...
National Volunteer Week April 7, 2016 National Volunteer Week By Susan Gnann Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization. So, instead of just a day, an entire week every year is dedicated to volunteers. This year April 10th-16th is National Volunteer Week. It is a time set aside to celebrate the work of individuals who give to the community and have an impact on so many lives; individuals who give so much with an expectation of nothing in return. In the last 12...
Huber Heights boy meets his sponsor March 25, 2016 This article was published in the Dayton Daily News on March 25, 2016 By Chuck Manker When a child who is granted a wish by the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation (ASW) meets a sponsor of the wish, it’s rewarding for the sponsor and exciting for the child. That’s what happened Feb. 28 when wish child Beau Hicks of Huber Heights met his sponsors, students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. The...
Wayne High School Gives to Local Wish Kids March 10, 2016 Wayne High School Gives to Local Wish Kids By Susan Gnann The Junior Cabinet at Wayne High School in Huber Heights has a lot on their plate. Besides keeping up with the rigor of high school, these students plan Junior/Senior prom each spring and organize a fundraiser and pep assembly for the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation (ASW). Together they work to raise money and awareness of ASW with some good-natured competition between...
Wish Kids Need Superheroes March 1, 2016 A Special Wish Foundation (ASW) – Dayton Chapter, the only wish-granting organization located in the Dayton region is hosting the 2nd Annual Superhero Donut Run on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Centerville High School Football Stadium. Continuing their 32-year partnership, ASW and Bill’s Donut Shop have come together once again to raise money for some of the most vulnerable children in the Dayton region to receive their Special...
Doctor Makes a Difference for Local Children February 14, 2016 By Chuck Manker For Dr. Mukund Dole, staff pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital and a member of the board of directors of A Special Wish Foundation, Dayton Chapter, what’s most rewarding about being involved with ASW is the positive effect a granted wish has on his patients and their families. “One of the best things we see in our program at the hospital is a child about to go on a wish or a child...
Comfort, hope, and two scoops of strawberry ice cream January 28, 2016 This article was published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 29, 2016 By Susan Gnann Kierstin Yoho, a 7-year-old Middletown girl, had a “very, very good time” on her holiday wish trip to the Orlando area. She and her family, including twin sister Katelyn, brother Austin and sister Mackenzie, stayed at Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) and visited many attractions in the area, including a stop at the Magic Kingdom to celebrate Christmas...