Wishes Come True

A SPECIAL WISH FOUNDATION GRANTS A SPECIAL WISH FOR A FAMILIES TRIP TO WALT DISNEY WORLD August 15, 2015 A SPECIAL WISH FOUNDATION GRANTS A SPECIAL WISH FOR A FAMILY'S TRIP TO WALT DISNEY WORLD DAYTON, OH – Shaun, a 4-year old Dayton, Ohio resident diagnosed with congenital tracheobronchomalacia, received his Special Wish on August 15, 2015. A Special Wish Foundation was pleased to grant Shaun’s Special Wish for his family to travel to Walt Disney World. Shaun loves Mickey Mouse so a special meal was planned with Chef Mickey! Shaun...
August's Special Wish Shopping Spree August 6, 2015 A SPECIAL WISH FOUNDATION GRANTS A SPECIAL WISH FOR AN ON-LINE SHOPPING SPREE DAYTON, OH – August, a 20-year old Dayton, Ohio resident diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, received his Special Wish at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015. A Special Wish Foundation was pleased to grant August’s Special Wish to browse the internet to shop for his favorite stuff. His passion being photography, the items were...
Event Organizers are Valuable Partners August 5, 2015 Event Organizers are Valuable PartnersThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on Aug. 5, 2015 By Susan Gnann Raising the needed funds to grant the wishes of Dayton-area children takes the entire community. Since 1983, the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. (ASW) has been able to grant the wishes of over 1,600 children with the generous contributions from individual donors, businesses, schools and foundations. Much of the...
Chase Wehner Story July 22, 2015 ChaseWehner StoryThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on July 22, 2015 By Chuck Manker When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writes an opinion on a case before the Court, Isabelle (Izzy) ChaseWehner, 22, of Fairborn probably takes note more than most people. That’s because she and her family met with Justice Ginsburg in her chambers for an hour in December 2013 for Izzy’s wish granted by A Special Wish...
Now cancer-free, 'Wish Kid' busy with soccer, golf July 8, 2015 The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. (ASW) is located on the Dayton Children's Hospital campus, which provides the staff with an easy way to interact with wish families. Every once in a while, families drop by and update ASW staff on how they are doing. Recently, Larry Booher stopped by to pick-up a banner he used at a recent ASW fundraiser. ASW got a great update on his 12-year-old son, Wish Kid Caulin...
Character Building by Doing June 24, 2015 Character Building by Doing This article was published in Dayton Daily News on June 24, 2015 By Susan Gnann Hollie Cambria, the owner of Primrose Schools in Centerville and at Yankee, imparts to her students the fundamental practice of giving back. It is a passion at all Primrose School throughout the country and social responsibility is one of their core values. At all Primrose Schools locations they celebrate philanthropy with monthly...
Vectren Air Show Preview Day June 22, 2015 Vectren Air Show Preview Day Hosted by the Vectren Air Show and sponsored by Dayton Power & Light, wish families from the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. were treated to a day on the tarmac as pilots and organizers prepped for the 2015 Dayton Air Show. Usually enduring high temperatures, families this year were battling near-constant rain that kept the planes grounded for most of the day. However, that did not stop wish...
Magical Moments for a Young Girl June 10, 2015 Magical Moments for a Young Girl This article was published in Dayton Daily News on June 10, 2015 By Susan Gnann In her few years of life, three-year-old Cora Gustafson has gone through more than most do in a lifetime.  Just after her first birthday, Cora started exhibiting strange behaviors.  Her stumbling, shaking and disturbing “jerky” eye movements alarmed her parents who immediately took her to the...
A Special Boy with Special Needs May 27, 2015 A Special Boy with Special NeedsThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on May 27, 2015 By Susan Gnann When Matthew Helton was only 17 weeks gestation, his parents, Jennifer and Rick Helton, knew he was special. Diagnosed at that time with Dandy-Walker Malformation, Matthew’s brain was not developing normally because of the build-up of cerebrospinal fluid caused by his disease. Doctors gave them little hope that their son would...
Reviving a Part of Dayton’s History May 13, 2015 Reviving a Part of Dayton’s HistoryThis article was published on May By Susan Gnann A grateful Wish Family, the Shawens, has been working to bring back the popularity of the George Klockson Memorial Golf Tournament. The family still places their wish trip to Olympic National Park at the top of their list of favorites. Not knowing who helped fund this trip was very humbling for them. It has been the impetus for their work to revive the...
Reviving a Part of Dayton’s History May 13, 2015 Reviving a Part of Dayton’s HistoryThis article was published on May By Susan Gnann A grateful Wish Family, the Shawens, has been working to bring back the popularity of the George Klockson Memorial Golf Tournament. The family still places their wish trip to Olympic National Park at the top of their list of favorites. Not knowing who helped fund this trip was very humbling for them. It has been the impetus for their work to revive the...
Living Life to the Fullest with a Life-threatening Disorder April 29, 2015 Living Life to the Fullest with a Life-threatening DisorderThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on April 29, 2015 By Susan Gnann Somehow 16-year old Macy Gehle of Celina “makes it easy” for her family to cope with her cystic fibrosis. Diagnosed shorty after her birth, Macy’s strong will and determination in dealing with this progressive disease has enabled her parents Carrie and Joe Gehle and her sister Brooke to...
The Best Medicine in the World April 15, 2015 The Best Medicine in the WorldThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on April 15, 2015 By Susan Gnann The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has granted over 1,600 wishes in the 31 years since their humble beginnings. Each child’s story is unique. Although we cannot predict the outcome of a diagnoses, we are always happy to celebrate when children beat their life-threatening illnesses and share their story. One such...
'Wish' lifts spirits of family at just the right time April 7, 2015 Imagine the shock of parents who, after a simple blood test, were told their daughter was seriously ill. Jody and Toby Henderson got that call from their daughter Addison’s physician in the fall of 2012 when she was just 6. After receiving that call, they somehow went into overdrive to get their daughter the care she needed. “I couldn’t believe we were heading to the hospital,” said Jody Henderson. “Her doctor told...
Granting a Special Wishes – It’s All in the Details March 4, 2015 Granting a Special Wishes – It’s All in the Details This article was published in Dayton Daily News on March 4, 2015 A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter (ASW) grants about 35 wishes per year and each one is as unique as each Wish Child. Whether it be a trip to Walt Disney World, a wish chosen by about 60% of children, a trip to New York City or a shopping spree wish, each wish is handled by the ASW wish coordinator....
Forror Family and Cameron's Smile February 1, 2015 Forror Family and Cameron's SmileThis article was published in Dayton Daily News on February 1, 2015 By Susan Gnann In the 31 years since it began in 1983, A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton Chapter has found that some families who experienced a wish give back to the organization as a way to say thank you and to honor the memory of their child who passed away. The Forror family of Piqua is one of those. A Special Wish Foundation –...