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Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together and unites communities. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 285,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Throughout his whole life, Ryker Lyons from Seaford, has dealt with a neuromuscular disorder which has left him limited. However, he always was able to gain solace when thinking about the ocean. So, when Ryker was approached by Make-A-Wish, he knew exactly what he wanted his wish to be; for not just him but his entire family. At six years old, Ryker wished to go to Hawaii, as “his soul is most happy on the beach,” said his mom, Brooke. Ryker gets tired frequently due to his disorder, but on this trip, nothing was going to stop him. He had a blast hula dancing at a luau, swimming with dolphins, and riding in a helicopter over an inactive volcano. When a hike up Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff cone, proved too much for his physical ability, Brooke let him piggy back his way to the top. “There are no words to describe what the trip was for us,” Brooke said. “We can’t thank Make-A-Wish enough!” These are the moments he will remember forever. Together as a running community, we have the power to transform lives, just like Ryker, one wish at time. You can support Make-A-Wish by making a donation today.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.