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Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington

Through UWCFD and Make-A-Wish, wish kids like Magaby receive life-changing wishes

Magaby, 4, blood disorder

Magaby fills up every room she’s in with energy, compassion and a zest for life. She lives with her parents, sister and half-brother, and although she’s the youngest, you would never know.

When Magaby’s family found out she was diagnosed with a blood disorder, they knew her days as a normal five-year-old were over. Magaby needed a bone marrow transplant and Magaby’s older sister, Evelyn, was tested and determined to be a match.

In the midst of this chaos, Magaby and her family received a gift through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington which helps make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses.

When Magaby chose to travel to her favorite theme park, her family received not only a gift, but a needed distraction from the treatments, surgeries and appointments Magaby faced day after day. On their trip, Magaby and her family enjoyed days packed with whirlwind adventures.

What was the most exciting part? “Getting to meet my favorite person ever … Minnie Mouse!” said Magaby.

The UW Combined Fund Drive and Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington recently teamed up to make wishes like Magaby’s come true. Airline travel remains Make-A-Wish’s single largest expense, meaning it would take an estimated 80 million miles annually to grant all local travel wishes. Together, we reached our goal and raised more than one million miles for local wish kids!

Granting a wish does more than bring joy to children with critical illnesses; it gives them a positive outlook, helping them conquer their illnesses. Thank you for donating your airline miles!