WISHES MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED
Girl - 8 yrs. - Mitral Valve Stenosis; Pulmonary Hypertension - went to Seattle 4 days to the Zoo / Aquarium
Boy - 3 yrs. - Cerebral Palsy - wanted to a trip to Seattle to go to the Zoo & Aquarium
Girl - 16 yrs. - Cerebral Palsy - wanted a family trip to Disneyland
Girl - 6 yrs. - Multiple problems - went to Disneyland this fall
Girl - 3 yrs. - Heart Disease & Down’s Syndrome - iPad to communicate & learn sign language
Girl - 3 yrs. - Epstein’s Anomaly, L. Cerebella Hemorrhage - wanted a hot tub to exercise legs
Girl -3 yrs. - Cerebral Palsy - wanted an iPad
Girl - 18 yrs. -Brain Tumor - wanted a computer, bamboo pad & printer
Boy - 13 yrs. - Spina Bifida & multiple issues - wanted to go to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor & more
Boy - 4 yrs. - Congenital Cytomegalovirus, hydrocephaly - wanted a special indoor/outdoor swing
Boy - 4 yrs. - Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy - wanted an IPAD
Girl - 3 yrs. - Cerebral Palsy - needed a wheelchair ramp
Boy - 7 yrs. - Severe Cerebral Palsy - Needed a wheelchair ramp to get down stairs of home
Boy - 3 yrs. - Congenital Heart Condition - wanted an iPad for communication & a family photo
Girl - 5 yrs. - Multiple issues - wants to go to Disneyland
Boy - 5 yrs. - Multiple physical issues requiring surgeries - wants to go to Disneyland
Boy - 11 yrs. - Epilepsy - Wants a trip to the beach
Girl - 10 yrs. - Mitochondrial Metabolism - Special Needs Exercise Equipment
Girl - 16 yrs. - Tetralogy of Fallot & Scoliosis - Needs a wheelchair ramp & wants a trip to Disneyland
Girl - 3 yrs. - Trisomy 14 Mosaic - wants an iPad for communication and a playhouse
If you know of a child that you would like to refer for a wish, or maybe you would like to help with a particular wish, please call or send us an e-mail.
Remember, they may not have applied, requested or been granted a wish from another wish organization.
Sadly we have lost several of our special children, but are so happy that we were able to grant their wishes in time for their enjoyment. We will miss, but never forget them. Visit our Walkway for Wishes to see some of our memorials.
A mother of a critically ill young man called the Children’s Wishes and Dreams office in Yakima asking to fulfill a wish for her son, Johnathon. He wanted a remote controlled, gas-powered helicopter he could fly outside. Heidi Anderson, executive director of Children’s Wishes and Dreams, began her research. She contacted hobby stores and a gentleman who could spend some time with Johnathon to teach him to operate the helicopter beginning with a battery powered unit to practice indoors.
Monday, February 13th, Heidi received a call from Johnathon’s mother informing her that Jonathon was in the hospice unit at Memorial Hospital. Johnathon asked if he could see a real helicopter land and then lift off again. Heidi realized the urgency of her request and began calling the Yakima Firing Center, then being referred to Fort Lewis and then being referred to other military and hospital contacts. After many calls and referrals by Heidi and her assistant, she was notified that the Army had a helicopter in the air and could be at the hospital in twenty minutes. She was able to talk to the flight commander and told him of the specific circumstances with Johnathon’s situation.
Fortunately, Johnathon had a room in the hospital that provided a view of the helicopter landing pad on the roof of the hospital. The Army helicopter landed on the hospital roof and the flight commander and crew went into the hospital and into Johnathon’s room to say hello and present Johnathon with his very own flight wings. The flight crew then left and lifted off from the landing pad only to then inform the mother that Johnathon should continue watching out the window as they honored him with a “fly by” to complete his wish.
All of these actions to fulfill Johnathon’s wish came to be in a very short period of time, less than an hour. Nobody knew just how timely and special this event would be to everyone involved, especially Johnathon.
He passed away shortly after the helicopter flew by his window. They had given him his wings so he could fly.