Tyler, an 11-year-old boy from West Fargo with a genetic disorder, has been counting down the days until he leaves for his wish experience provided through Make-A-Wish® North Dakota. His one true wish is to visit Give Kids The World Village in Florida! Located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, Give Kids The World Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families like Tyler’s are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations.
On Thursday, January 21, Tyler and his family will begin their wish journey and fly to Florida on Allegiant Air. During their trip, Tyler and his family will have the chance to enjoy time together without worrying about doctor visits, therapy appointments, or the day to day struggles of parenting or being a child with a progressive medical condition. Instead, Tyler and his family will be treated to many amazing experiences, including ice cream at any time of day, while at Give Kids The World Village.
Making wishes come true is what Make-A-Wish is so privileged to do and we cannot do so without referrals. We rely on wish referrals from caring individuals to help us reach kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The eligibility consideration process is initiated when a wish referral inquiry is submitted. There are four referral sources - the wish child themselves, a parent or legal guardian, a medical professional or a close family member with sufficient knowledge of the child’s current medical condition.
In Tyler’s case, his mother referred him. After hearing about Make-A-Wish, she knew this would be a beneficial experience for Tyler. Her referral set into motion an amazing journey that Tyler and his family will cherish for years to come.
Everyone can help make wishes come true. If you know of a child between the ages of two and a half and eighteen with a life threatening medical condition, please share Make-A-Wish with them. You can visit us online at www.northdakota.wish.org or call us at 701.280.9474.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish North Dakota has granted over 750 wishes to children across the state.
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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish® North Dakota has granted over 700 wishes to children across the state, at an average cost of $9,800 per wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish North Dakota, please call (701) 280-9474, or visit the website at www.northdakota.wish.org.