Wishes Come True

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  COMING SOON!!!! 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, presented by Elizabeth Diamond Company,...
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...
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...
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 has...
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,...