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Nevada Wish

Welcome to Nevada Wish, and thank you for seeking to learn more about our purpose. We are a statewide non-profit designed to enhance the lives of children suffering hardships by granting wishes. The number of children in Nevada dealing with adversity relating to illness or injury is staggering. While there are national organizations with the same objective, we direct our efforts toward serving Nevada’s youth, as there are already more recipients than any one agency can accommodate. Wishes coming to fruition inspires hope in families when they need it most. When a child’s quality of life is improved, even for a short while, the optimism infused within the entire family unit is undeniable.

Making Wishes Come True in Nevada

Through professional partnerships and generous private and corporate donations, we are able to facilitate unforgettable experiences for many in-need children per year. Our long-time history speaks to our dedication to families who are in need of hope and an overall feeling of community support. Each wish amounts to much more than what is on the surface. It is about treasured moments and creating a lasting family memory for those who have been consumed by doctor’s visits, medical treatments or making end-of-life plans for someone far too young to need such preparations.

Wishes Granted

One of the most common questions posed to us has to do with a curiosity about what types of wishes we encounter. The simple response to this is to remind others that children are quite creative, and we take their lead. We are continually impressed by the thoughtful wishes we hear. A majority of children, upon learning they have been selected for a customized experience, quickly insist the whole family is involved. This selfless nature is a huge part of our inspiration to persevere, even when resources are limited.

Throughout the years, we have packed up families for first airplane rides to faraway destinations, outfitted homes with Internet access and computers, and teamed with celebrities to wow one of their biggest fans with a surprise visit. And these actions are but a few examples of how we color the world of children who are facing battles of a lifetime at an age when their lives should not be burdened to such a degree.

Assist with Our Mission

Without public contributions, our efforts would be far too limited to reach the number of deserving families we do. If, like us, you recognize the importance of illuminating a child’s life when reasons to smile have been limited, there are several ways you can support Nevada Wish:

Refer a Child If you know a child who fits our criteria, please submit their parent or guardian’s contact information, along with a detailed description of their particular circumstance. While we lack the resources to work with every family we read about, we do our best to reach out to those who contact us.

Monetary Contribution The easiest, most impactful way to assist Nevada Wish is with a tax-deductible financial gift. Any amount is a tremendous help, as we rely on public donations to cover all operating costs.

Make a Bequest A lasting means of helping Nevada’s youth is to leave Nevada Wish a charitable bequest. Creating a legacy by enhancing the lives of children speaks to one’s undying dedication to our state’s youngest residents.

Volunteerism Community-based fundraising efforts by Nevada Wish occur throughout the year, and we are always in need of manpower during these events. Attend as a guest to lend support, or help us by putting some elbow grease into any of our fundraising campaigns.

We at Nevada Wish applaud your interest in what we do and look forward to having you serve as an extension of our team, in any capacity you see fit. Generosity of people like you remains the backbone of our success. Life-altering circumstances involving a child transform a family, and we are honored to be instrumental in getting them back on course, if even for a small block of time. We like to think there is a little bit of magic in every awarded wish, as we have seen amazing things happen when hope is reignited.

Wish Fulfilment Stories

Las Vegas Media fulfills Nate's flying dream.

One of the primary goals of Nevada Wish is to aptly pool resources, allowing us to have a positive impact on a higher number of children per year. We found assistance from an unlikely source when we had a specific wish to grant for a young, deserving Las Vegas resident, Nate, an eight-year-old battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, harbored a fascination with airplanes long before he was diagnosed with the formidable form of cancer at age seven. When Nevada Wish representatives spoke with Nate and his parents, Frank and Nicole, we learned how deep his love of aviation ran. Books about planes lined bookshelves in his aviation-themed bedroom, and Nate greeted us wearing an airplane tee that fit like a size too large for his slender body.

Nate’s modest dream was to simply see the inside of an airplane. He did not intend to take to the skies; simply sitting in a cockpit was all he pined for, and his parents wanted to see this plan come to fruition. Without any Las Vegas area private pilots among our benefactors, we put out the call to any entity who may be of assistance. One of our most steadfast financial supporters, Las Vegas Media, stepped up to the plate. They were working on a project for a Las Vegas jet charter company and did not hesitate to make a proposal to their client, for Nate’s benefit.

Las Vegas Media arranged for the charter service to be part of granting Nate’s wish in exchange for waiving all costs for the website design work they were doing for the charter company. Not only would Nate nestle into a cockpit and assume the airman position, he would be taken for a memorable short flight. A lengthy trip would be too much for his weakened state, but doctors were fast to approve a brief ascent into Nevada’s skies. In the end, the most difficult aspect of the undertaking fell on Nate’s parents’ shoulders as they struggled to keep the secret from their future pilot. Las Vegas weather granted the perfect backdrop, as clear skies were in the forecast once Nate’s day finally arrived. Our pilot made all necessary arrangements, and Nate was even permitted to invite a friend he met at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

With a pair of animated boys scrambling about the hanger in striking leather bomber jackets contributed by Las Vegas Media, Andy spoke up to announce the day’s agenda, which included much more than a flight deck tour. Nate’s reaction to the news started as disbelief, then morphed into unadulterated joy. Witnessing such innocent exuberance warmed the hearts of everyone present. Nate exclaimed that he felt *bigger than the biggest buildings*, which was a real declaration of promise, according to his parents. The family has spent so long focused on the rigors of Nate’s illness, and the day furnished a much-needed break from furrowed brows and IV’s. Taking flight, and even taking the controls under Andy’s watchful eye, provided Nate with the spirit boost physicians suggested he needed to prepare for yet another round of treatment. Throughout the day, his broad smile never faded, even when the wheels touched down at the flight’s conclusion.

On a day when laughter and joy soared over everything else, we were reminded how the generosity of others stands to change lives in the most remarkable instances. With admirable ingenuity, Las Vegas Media used their talents to leverage an unforgettable experience for an exceptionally deserving child. An added benefit to this notable instance of serendipity was our pilot’s response to the event. Andy has vowed to stay involved with Nevada Wish to possibly recreate the day for other children with a penchant for aeronautics. Along with Nate’s family, we would like to cordially thank Las Vegas Media for taking initiative and thinking outside the box to utilize their resources to facilitate such meaningful connections for everyone involved.