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Art of Wishes 2020
Welcome to the Art of Wishes Fundraising Campaign 2020!
Today, more than ever, Make-A-Wish UK needs your help and support.
Our target is to fulfil at least 100 of the 2000 urgent wishes waiting.
Current total £32,009
9 years old
Tetralogy of Fallot
"I wish to have a Husky ride in the Snow at Christmas and see the Northern lights"
Issac, nine, from Devon, is described as kind and sensitive. He is cool and calm, just like his mum’s “perfect pregnancy.” However, during a check-up a heart murmur was identified. This murmur soon became a deafening noise in the family’s life as they were told Isaac had Tetralogy of Fallot - a heart disease. After weeks in hospital preparing Isaac’s body, he had open-heart surgery. But he developed a collapsed lung and his organs started failing. He needed a permanent pacemaker. Now, Isaac has begun to thrive. He’s more than ready for his wish to have a Husky ride in the snow at Christmas and to see the Northern lights - inspired by his obsession with the film The Polar Express. He’s chosen his cabin and even knows which snow boots he wants to wear on his adventure!
9 years old
"I wish to go to Lapland"
Ollie, nine from Derbyshire, is a “proper cheeky chappy with a twinkle in his eye”. He has a love for singing, playing air drums, animals, jigsaws and basketball. Although it seems that Ollie is the one with the bounce-back-ability. Ollie was born with Downs syndrome, and in 2018 he was diagnosed with leukaemia to the floor-hitting shock of his family. Within 24 hours he had his first operation to assess the severity of the cancer. Ollie responded well to intense chemotherapy, but had to go through the gruelling treatment a second time. Consequently, he’s been back to hospital with sepsis, pneumonia and many other infections, but has conquered them every time. His wish is to go to Lapland and meet Santa with the hope of ringing the end of treatment bell with The Man In Red – a gift that will extend beyond Christmas; a sound that will begin Ollie’s future.
18 years old
"I wish to go on a Hydrotherapy Holiday"
Nathan, 18, from Cambridgeshire is “the cheekiest scallywag going!” and “has a magnetic charm wherever he goes,” according to his mum. In addition to his charm, Nathan was born with a chromosome abnormality which means he has no eyes and is unable to speak. Nathan also has poor hearing, lives with epilepsy and is fed through a gastrostomy tube. He takes a concoction of daily medication and his family lives in a constant state of alert. This is why Nathan’s wish to have a hydrotherapy holiday in the UK. It will give all the family much needed time to relax and float away from their everyday battles. Water is number one for Nathan. “He comes alive in the water; smiling, clapping his hands and kicking his legs.” The water gives Nathan his freedom and a chance to escape the confines of his wheelchair and physical limitations.
7 years old
"I wish to be the Hulk"
Anthony, seven from Norwich, is a caring and happy little boy. He likes to learn new things and enjoys putting on a show, showcasing his theatrical skills. Unfortunately, Anthony has Ganglioglioma – a rare brain tumour causing increased pressure within the brain, resulting in seizures, headaches and fatigue. Aside from the physical symptoms, Anthony has missed a large part of his childhood due to seizures, with friends and school taking a backseat. In 2017, Anthony underwent surgery to remove the tumour and has recovered well, adjusting to a slight loss of vision. But Anthony won’t be stopped easily. He wants to be the Hulk – quite literally. Anthony didn’t think twice about his wish to be the Hulk as it reflects his desire to be invincible, inside and out. Despite feeling anxious since lockdown, there’s no doubt Anthony will smash anything in the way to his wish and beyond.
14 years old
"I wish to go to Lego house Denmark"
Alfred, 14, is a happy-go-lucky young man from Warwickshire who’s had a more turbulent year than most. Last May he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer that’s left him with dramatically reduced function in his left arm. Initial concern of pain in his arm day quickly snowballed into chemotherapy and the possibility of amputation to remove a cancerous tumour. The devastating news “felt like you are stuck in quicksand and you can’t reach the rope to pull you out.” Alfred’s mental health deteriorated to the point of suicidal thoughts. But this young man has built himself back up, mentally, physically and literally through his love of everything Lego™. Alfred’s wish is to go to the Lego™ house in Denmark with his Lego™ mad family. Playing Lego™ helped him through his darkest days of treatment and his wish will give him the opportunity to build lifelong family memories.
7 years old
Acute motor anoxal neuropathy
"I wish to go to Legoland"
Felicity, seven from Newport, loves to play, whether it’s Lego™, Minecraft™ with her big brother or tag with friends. She’s obsessed with Halloween and loves crafts. At the age of two she was totally paralysed from a virus that attacked her nervous system and was diagnosed with acute motor axonal neuropathy. Five years on, only her arms are still paralysed. Felicity does six hours of physiotherapy daily and her hard work is making her stronger than ever. She can now stand unaided and uses a walker when moving. Incredibly, Felicity has learnt to use her feet as her hands; she can play, eat, write, paint and even drive her wheelchair with her feet (better than mum can drive her car apparently!) Her wish is to go to Legoland™ and she’s literally been counting down the days. She’s watched every video about the park, chosen her bed and the first ride of the day!
18 years old
"I wish to have driving lessons"
Phoebe, 18 from Staffordshire, is a self-confessed “girly girl” who loves hair and make-up and feels best when all dressed up. She has many dreams to travel and help communities around the globe, but these were abruptly halted with her leukaemia diagnosis a couple of years ago, leaving her feeling like a “vulnerable baby”. In shock, her first thought was “Am I going to lose my hair?!” The answer was yes, along with her independence and start to adulthood. These were traded for regular chemotherapy treatment which Phoebe still undergoes. Admirably, throughout this chapter in her life Phoebe has remained positive and empathetically reminds herself there’s always someone going through worse, so she’s thankful to be here to enjoy life. Phoebe wanted her wish to be something she would always be thankful for and decided having driving lessons was the thing to reclaim her independence and put her back in the driving seat.
14 years old
"I wish to go to Alton Towers"
Emma, 14 from Birmingham, has a confident, have-a-go attitude. She loves to get stuck in: bouncing through gymnastics and trampolining and weaving through cross-stitch and embroidery. Emma has also had to tumble her way through her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in 2017. After initially suffering with mouth ulcers, Crohn’s caused Emma to become fatigued, to faint, lose weight and become withdrawn as it attacked her gut. But Emma hasn't let the disease stop her achieving 100% attendance at school for three years and helping her mum to view life positively and take all opportunities - just like her wish. Emma’s original wish to go on a skiing trip had to be cancelled, but Emma put her heartbreak aside and gratefully changed her wish to go to Alton Towers with her family.
Any funds donated to sponsor one of the listed wishes will, in the first instance, be used to grant that wish. If we are unable to grant one of the listed wishes, the funds donated will be re-allocated to a similar wish. Any remaining funds will be used to grant magical wishes to other children with serious illnesses. Sponsorship of a wish does not entitle the sponsor to any external publicity rights.