Wishes Come True

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...
Distance 4 Dreams December 24, 2015 Special Wishes Come True One Mile at a TimeThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on The University of Dayton students who are members of Distance 4 Dreams, a student-led service organization founded in 2007 that benefits A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter, far outpace the average college student. These dedicated students understand the importance of a college education along with enhancing their experience by being...
The Professional Patient and Only Five Years Old December 23, 2015 By Susan Gnann Eli Leingang is just your typical 5-year-old boy. However, since being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia months before his second birthday, he has had over 4 years of cancer treatment with another year and 3 months to go. He has ultimately become a “professional patient”. Still, he is “ornery” according to his mom, Noelle Leingang, yet knows how to pull at her heartstrings while driving his older...
Trip to Hollywood bossts Kettering teen's spirits December 10, 2015 Trip to Hollywood bossts Kettering teen's spirits This article was published in Dayton Daily News on December 10, 2014 While many people dream of being in front of the camera and staring in a big Hollywood blockbuster, 17-year-old Kettering resident Tim Brooks’ dream is to be behind the scenes creating the amazing visual effects that make movies so memorable. Tim was given a little taste of his dream this past summer when he and his...
Man Cave on Wheels December 1, 2015 By Susan Gnann “I just wanted to have a place to hang out,” said 11-year-old Matthew Fox of Vandalia. He tires easily, struggles with crowds and lots of stimuli, but is still a lover of the great outdoors. His very own camper seemed to be just the right fit and was his Special Wish granted by two local businesses, Colerain RV and Bonbright Distributors, and the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation (ASW). Matthew has had a...
Making Dough For a Special Wish November 25, 2015 It really does take a village to raise a child. In this case, it was to help raise some money for a special child. The change after paying for a meal at the Dayton-area Panera locations really added up. Each café collected all of those small donations for a couple of months this past summer, and it was enough to fund the Special Wish of a Mercer County child named Ally Bea. Covelli Enterprises has owned the Panera Bread cafés in...
Staff Attends Wish Boot Camp November 11, 2015 This article was published in Dayton Daily News on November 11, 2015. By Susan Gnann A Special Wish Most will never experience the devastating news of a child’s life-threatening disease or illness. However, being a part of making a child’s Special Wish come true is something everyone can experience. At A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton Chapter (ASW), our sole mission is to grant the wishes of local children who’ve...
Racing Earnhardt Jr. a dream come true for Kettering boy October 29, 2015 Racing Earnhardt Jr. a dream come true for Kettering boy This article was published in Dayton Daily News on October 29, 2014 When it is NASCAR race day, one thing for sure is that eight-year-old Gavin and his father, Kendall, will be in front of the family television rooting for #88 to take the checkered flag. When it comes to racing, Gavin and his dad agree on one thing, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is their guy! Gavin is just like most boys his age....
Teen finally meets close Facebook friend October 14, 2015 Teen finally meets close Facebook friend This article was published in Dayton Daily News on 10/14/15 By Susan Gnann After almost a year of daily calls and Skype sessions, Brandon Booth finally got to meet his best friend. Brandon and Sarah met on a Facebook page that he manages, and a true friendship blossomed. “Seeing her at the bottom of the escalator at the airport was definitely the best part of my wish trip,” recalled...
A Room Makeover for a Special Girl October 7, 2015 A Room Makeover for a Special Girl Piqua, OH. – Shelby Lockhart is a typical 8-year-old girl who loves Barbie Dolls, the color pink, and Luke Bryan. What makes her special is that for Shelby, her bedroom is more than a place to sleep. It is where she spends a lot of her time as she recovers from each of her cancer treatments. She has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood, and is being treated at Dayton Children’s...
Volunteer of the Year Award October 1, 2015 Volunteer of the Year AwardPublished in Dayton Daily News on September 30, 2015 By Chuck Manker It would be hard to say who was left more speechless – Ruth Wiles or Katie McGrath. Dave Seyer, executive director of A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter had just announced to attendees, including Ruth, at the volunteer appreciation event in the Dayton Art Institute Aug. 19 that the Ruth Wiles Volunteer of the Year award had been...
Adam's Special Wish to Walt Disney World September 15, 2015 A SPECIAL WISH FOUNDATION GRANTS A SPECIAL WISH FOR A FAMILY’S TRIP TO WALT DISNEY WORLD DAYTON, OH – Adam, a 9-year-old Dayton, Ohio resident diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), received his Special Wish on September 12, 2015. A Special Wish Foundation was pleased to grant Adam’s Special Wish for his family to travel to Walt Disney World. This wish was a long time in the making. After lots of treatment and...
Dayton Mall Love Locks September 9, 2015 Dayton Mall Love Locksappeared in the Dayton Daily News 17 September 2015 By Susan Gnann For nearly a year now, the Dayton Mall has been supporting their very own “Love Locks” program. Most have heard about the trend in Europe where couples in love unite themselves by writing their names on a padlock and locking them to a bridge or other structure. The leadership at the Dayton Mall decided to do something similar. You may have...
Folks of the Dayton Music Festival September 2, 2015 By Chuck Manker A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton Chapter (ASW) since 2000, can identify with the children who receive wishes granted by the organization. He was born with cerebral palsy that affected the left side of his body. Having the neurological disorder influenced how he would help other people in the future, including organizing charity fundraisers such as the Folks of Dayton Music Festival on Sept. 12 at the Polish Club, 3690...
A Miamisburg Boy gets his Special Wish August 29, 2015 A Miamisburg Boy gets his Special WishMiamisburg, OH. – Six-year old-Armand received his Special Wish July 16, 2015 at his home in Miamisburg. A specially-equipped swing set made just for him was installed at his home. Armand suffers from gangliosidosis, a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder that impacts the nervous system and for which there is no cure. His new swing set provides a soothing motion that helps calm Armand and allow him...
Trans Am Nationals August 19, 2015 Trans Am Nationals StoryThis article was published in the Dayton Daily News on Aug. 19, 2015By Chuck Manker As awards are presented to winners at the 31st annual Trans Am Nationals car show Aug. 30 at the Fairborn Holiday Inn and the Homewood Suites hotels, one of them will be A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter trophy winner chosen by a child who has received a wish from the organization. Some 350 Pontiac Firebird’s of all...