The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 28, 2013

Do you know a child who needs a wish?

— As a New Year brings a joyful new outlook, Make-A-Wish® believes wishes do the same for children living with life-threatening medical conditions. For nearly 30 years, the organization had countless children and parents share the positive impact of their wishes.

More than just a nice experience, a wish allows the children to take control, to feel normal and to live in a joyful moment that’s all about them — instead of doctor visits, treatments and medicine.

The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that the group only provides wishes for dying children. On the contrary, Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization believes that a wish is an experience that fills children and their families with a feeling of hope and invigorates them with a joy for living.

Anyone can contact Make-A-Wish to learn about how to refer a child. Eligibility is determined by the child’s doctor.

If you know of a child, age 2 1⁄2 to under 18, who may qualify, please call 800-676-9474.

Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 1⁄2 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 13,500 wishes.

For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at 800-664-9474 or visit its Web site at