The impact of the current widespread epidemic is far reaching and has affected almost every single aspect of the daily life that we are used to as a society. Suddenly we are finding ourselves having to stay indoors and isolated. The routines we previously held have been altered and most of our favorite places to go — Like the Disney Parks — have been closed down.
For some people, the effects of the epidemic have been felt in a more challenging way. Many Make-A-Wish kids are now finding their wishes put on hold, which is incredibly discouraging when battling a time-sensitive disease.
Make-A-Wish — a foundation whose purpose is to grant wishes for children with life threatening illnesses — is known for bringing joy through all kinds of amazing wishes. They frequently send families on Disney trips, and bring positive magic to kids who wish to meet some of their favorite beloved characters!
Wishes Being Postponed
Their website says new children are diagnosed with critical conditions every twenty minutes and ever since the outbreak, over 2,412 wishes have been postponed. They estimate roughly thirty more wishes to be postponed daily, as the pandemic continues.
The Make-A-Wish branches in Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley are asking for the community’s help in sending positive and uplifting messages of hope to the over 500 local kids who’ve had these wishes postponed.
In an interview with ABC, Dennis Heron the president & CEO said, “”The population of kids we deal with has already been through a traumatic series of events in their short lives. To have a wish that’s waiting or postponed through no fault of their own just adds to their anxiety.”
Help Spread Hope
Let’s send some positive thoughts to those who are in need during this time. Whether it’s a message of hope, an uplifting Disney quote, or a photo of Mickey and Minnie — These kids need our help.
If you want to help spread some positivity to those who need it most right now, the Make-A-Wish foundation is encouraging the public to send in messages via photo or video using the hashtag #WishesAreWaiting or the tag @MakeAWishPHL.