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In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families. With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children�their stories inspiring te In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families. With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children�their stories inspiring testimonials to the resilience and strength of the human spirit. These families generously invite us into their worlds, allowing us to become part of their darkest moments, their unimaginable realities, their greatest hopes, deepest fears, and unbelievable triumphs. Experience the story of Katelyn, a little girl becoming a medical marvel after defying all odds stacked against her and making it her life-long goal to raise $3 million for St. Jude Hospital; read about a wheelchair-bound boy, Garrett, giving the gift of mobility to disabled Cambodian men and women; and root for the family of a little boy, Dakota, who collects millions of pennies each year to help others fight the disease they once fought. Become inspired and forever-changed by the generosity, hope, courage, and optimism of these children and their families and experience the power of two words, �I wish.” Once Upon A Wish is a celebration of hope, revealing how wishes-come-true can become ultimate motivators and cherished gifts that will last a lifetime.


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In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families. With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children�their stories inspiring te In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families. With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children�their stories inspiring testimonials to the resilience and strength of the human spirit. These families generously invite us into their worlds, allowing us to become part of their darkest moments, their unimaginable realities, their greatest hopes, deepest fears, and unbelievable triumphs. Experience the story of Katelyn, a little girl becoming a medical marvel after defying all odds stacked against her and making it her life-long goal to raise $3 million for St. Jude Hospital; read about a wheelchair-bound boy, Garrett, giving the gift of mobility to disabled Cambodian men and women; and root for the family of a little boy, Dakota, who collects millions of pennies each year to help others fight the disease they once fought. Become inspired and forever-changed by the generosity, hope, courage, and optimism of these children and their families and experience the power of two words, �I wish.” Once Upon A Wish is a celebration of hope, revealing how wishes-come-true can become ultimate motivators and cherished gifts that will last a lifetime.

30 review for Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I read this on my e-reader. I think that the Make-aWish for children is a wonderful charity. in this book we read many stories of children with life threatening illnesses who were granted a wish. Each child has a chapter that talks about their illness and the wish they made. This is both sad and heart warming to read. the wishes varied from trips to Disney World, a swim with the dolphins, Plant a tree, meet a favorite celebrity, have french cooks make meals, to a young man who wanted to give bac I read this on my e-reader. I think that the Make-aWish for children is a wonderful charity. in this book we read many stories of children with life threatening illnesses who were granted a wish. Each child has a chapter that talks about their illness and the wish they made. This is both sad and heart warming to read. the wishes varied from trips to Disney World, a swim with the dolphins, Plant a tree, meet a favorite celebrity, have french cooks make meals, to a young man who wanted to give back by donating wheelchairs to countries in poverty such as Cambodia.{ I especially liked reading about Garrett} a feel good book.and heart breaking as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jean Peterson

    This is a book about courageous children, wise beyond their years, fighting fights that they never should have to fight. This is a book of hope, hope to become well or to live out life to its fullest for as long as they have to live it. This is a book that tells of an incredible organization that lets those children forget their struggles for a period of time so that they can just be children, with hopes and dreams. You will laugh with the practical joker. You will be inspired by those who fough This is a book about courageous children, wise beyond their years, fighting fights that they never should have to fight. This is a book of hope, hope to become well or to live out life to its fullest for as long as they have to live it. This is a book that tells of an incredible organization that lets those children forget their struggles for a period of time so that they can just be children, with hopes and dreams. You will laugh with the practical joker. You will be inspired by those who fought back and cry with the families that had to say goodbye too soon. I received this book through Goodreads First Reads program.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Beautiful book to read during the holiday season! Shows you the power of what a donation to Make A Wish can do for the children. These children's stories will truly inspire you! Beautiful book to read during the holiday season! Shows you the power of what a donation to Make A Wish can do for the children. These children's stories will truly inspire you!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This book had been on my shelf for a long time. I finally had time to pick it up and then I could not put it back down. I enjoyed the kindness in this book. Some of the stories really pull on the heartstrings, but there is something positive in every story. I did like most of the stories. I will suggest this book when someone needs an uplifting of their spirit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book is about the Make-A-Wish foundation and the dreams made for children with serious life threatening diseases. Each child has a chapter. This is an inspiring book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    Encouragement for all who struggle Though there were some sad stories from these children and young people. I found myself feeling very encouraged by their faith and strength in extremely difficult trials. I am reminded to enjoy every day of life and take time to smell the roses!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oh My Bookness

    Once Upon A Wish; True Inspirational Stories of Make A Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks with Make-A-Wish co-founder Frank Shankwitz invites you into a world through eight families. A world of challenging moments, their greatest fears, and their unbelievable triumphs.  What's striking, like any story fictional or not is the beginning, how it started.  For Make-A-Wish, their beginning will leave you reaching for a tissue before you even get to the families stories…but it's worth it knowing even the Once Upon A Wish; True Inspirational Stories of Make A Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks with Make-A-Wish co-founder Frank Shankwitz invites you into a world through eight families. A world of challenging moments, their greatest fears, and their unbelievable triumphs.  What's striking, like any story fictional or not is the beginning, how it started.  For Make-A-Wish, their beginning will leave you reaching for a tissue before you even get to the families stories…but it's worth it knowing even the ending, before they were Make-A-Wish, granting one child's ‘wish’ made him act like a 7 year old boy again. Laughing, running and hopping up and down again and most of all living. His mother happy to see her son just being a boy and to be joyous again.  I couldn’t do each and every child's story any great a due by reviewing it like it was just another book I came across on the shelves browsing or online.  So let this reviewer say it takes a lot to make one self take a closer look at your own life and your own health. I read these children stories…how, when we get older, teens, 20’s, 30’s etc., we just don’t handle the experiences that comes to ones health. Strong in many ways for what these families go through,you could call their strength and resolve stoic.  One thing is the story is beautifully written. It also bring such poignant stories to life as if leaping off the pages. It reminds you how delicate life really is but how also One Wish can Create a Room full of Miracles.

  8. 5 out of 5

    T.A. Beasley

    True inspiration comes from these eight stories of recovery, death, love and loss in Once Upon A Wish by Rachelle Sparks. Once Upon A Wish is about encouragement and the will to not give up on life. The stories within this book will touch reader’s hearts as these families share their journey of challenges, fears and overwhelming heartache and pain. This book informs the reader of illnesses that are not readily recognized and the treatments that are associated with them. Readers have a front seat True inspiration comes from these eight stories of recovery, death, love and loss in Once Upon A Wish by Rachelle Sparks. Once Upon A Wish is about encouragement and the will to not give up on life. The stories within this book will touch reader’s hearts as these families share their journey of challenges, fears and overwhelming heartache and pain. This book informs the reader of illnesses that are not readily recognized and the treatments that are associated with them. Readers have a front seat to the different stages of emotions these families go through as they deal with caring for love ones that are dying. In Once Upon A Wish readers meet children that are so humble even though they are dealing with devastating situations. My heart cried out for not only the children but their parents. I was not ashamed of wiping tears as I turned the pages of this emotional rollercoaster I felt needed to be read. I applaud the author for sharing these stories so others can understand the families’ experiences as well as recognize that any of us can be in their same shoes. This book would be helpful to parents that have children suffering from a major illness. I definitely recommend Once Upon A Wish to others. This book was provided by the author for review purposes only. Reviewed by Teresa Beasley A&RBC Reviews 5 Stars=Non Stop Page Turner

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carinne Gee

    This was fine. Each chapter is a separate story and so its easy to put down and not pick back up. It took me a long time to finish it. The first couple chapters/stories really had me interested. But, (at the risk of sounding insensitive since these are the stories of real children and their families) each chapter was the same. By that I mean they were all written the same. Long description of the illness and the hospital stays and quick description of the wish. There was way too much detail of t This was fine. Each chapter is a separate story and so its easy to put down and not pick back up. It took me a long time to finish it. The first couple chapters/stories really had me interested. But, (at the risk of sounding insensitive since these are the stories of real children and their families) each chapter was the same. By that I mean they were all written the same. Long description of the illness and the hospital stays and quick description of the wish. There was way too much detail of the hospital stays and the little details of the child's illness. It was too long. I wanted to hear more about their wish and how it effected them and their families. There was that, but not near enough compared to every detail of how they got to the wish. This being said, I did learn a lot of the Make a WIsh foundation and how these wishes really help children and their families.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Cocoa

    I'm familiar with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the wonderful work they do for children with terminal diseases. I was excited to be able to read a book about the gifts they work out for these children. Instead, it felt like the book focused primarily on the progression of the disease and things leading up to the wish but not so much on the wish itself. I would have loved to have read about the wish and the impact it had on the child and the loved ones and how it helped the child and the family I'm familiar with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the wonderful work they do for children with terminal diseases. I was excited to be able to read a book about the gifts they work out for these children. Instead, it felt like the book focused primarily on the progression of the disease and things leading up to the wish but not so much on the wish itself. I would have loved to have read about the wish and the impact it had on the child and the loved ones and how it helped the child and the family deal with their situations. The stories are all heart-wrenching yet tender hearted at the same time. Overall the collection of granted wishes is inspirational and fills the reader with empathy and hope. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marj

    Heartbreaking and heartwarming accounts of children whose lives were blessed by the "Make a Wish Foundation" and how they used this gift to bless others. It was so hard to read about the suffering and pain these children and their families struggled through but each story is filled with hope and heroism from children, parents, doctors, friends and strangers. Their faith and courage in the face of such difficult odds is truly remarkable. Thank you to those involved with this book and with the "Ma Heartbreaking and heartwarming accounts of children whose lives were blessed by the "Make a Wish Foundation" and how they used this gift to bless others. It was so hard to read about the suffering and pain these children and their families struggled through but each story is filled with hope and heroism from children, parents, doctors, friends and strangers. Their faith and courage in the face of such difficult odds is truly remarkable. Thank you to those involved with this book and with the "Make a Wish Foundation" for allowing us into your lives and bringing joy to so many sick children and their families.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I love the Make-A-Wish Foundation and what is does to bring hope, strength and joy to children and their families. That being said the book just dragged on for me. I actually had to put it down for quite a while. For me, it had too many details into the illnesses of the children. I would have rather read more about the wish itself and the impact it had on the child and the family.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Inspirational

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    It's hard not to love the make a wish foundation. Thanks for the wonderful book that just shoes a sliver if what you do! It's hard not to love the make a wish foundation. Thanks for the wonderful book that just shoes a sliver if what you do!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Newman

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margi Stroh

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan Orr

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Chiong

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peggy campbell

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine Dziemian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rsparker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Post

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