The Make-A-Wish vision is to grant the wish of every child with a life-threatening medical condition. In 2007, MISO partnered with Make-A-Wish to help make this vision a reality. Since then, MISO employees have raised over $950,000, enough to grant more than 100 wishes. To MISO employees, granting wishes is more than just a charitable donation; it’s an opportunity to change lives. After hearing the stories of just three of MISO’s wish kids, it’s clear to see how.
Micah’s Wish Comes True
A recent high school grad with a dream of managing a professional sports team, Micah’s passion shines bright. Even though Micah has been presented with many challenges, he never lost sight of his goal. Micah suffers from a rare form of cerebral palsy, a disease that has left him without the ability to walk or talk.
Thanks to MISO employees, Micah achieved his dream when he signed a one-day contract to manage the Miami Marlins baseball team. He interacted with the players and coaches all day and was even in charge of picking the starting line-up for the game. Norman Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida President, spoke of the experience: “Watching all the players who came up to him and slapped him on the back and every time that happened he just had this big, gigantic smile and that smile is priceless.”
Cade Gets a Young-Man Cave
All little kids dream of a room all their own; one filled with their favorite toys and games. Cade is no different. But unlike most kids, Cade has a rare heart disease that makes it difficult for him to stand and walk. MISO employees were determined to give Cade a room free of obstacles where he could play and learn and grow at his own pace. Volunteers traveled to Cade’s home to renovate his basement into his very own young-man cave, complete with a hanging swing and a fort under the stairs.
Abby’s Surprise Birthday Party
Most 10 year olds are happy to get a popular new toy for their 10th birthday, but Abby got a much more special present from MISO employees. Abby is just one of 36 people with a very rare immune deficiency chronic lung disease which keeps her in and out of hospitals on a regular basis. MISO employees wanted to make sure that her next party was as magical as she is. On Abby’s 10th birthday she was greeted by a host of Disney characters ready to present her with the gift she had been wishing for. Thanks to the generosity of MISO South employees, Abby and her family going to go on a Disney cruise, something they had once never thought possible.
During this Thanksgiving season we say Thank You to our employees and to the Make-A-Wish community for all you do to improve the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.