Make-A-Wish Wyoming celebrating 700 wishes granted


Wyo4News Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

WYOMING — This March, Make-A-Wish Wyoming is celebrating 700 wishes granted across the state! Since its inception in 1985, the organization has been able to positively impact 700 (and counting!) Wyoming wish kids’ lives. It’s been a long journey getting to this milestone, but it has been rewarding and inspiring on so many levels for those currently working with Make-A-Wish Wyoming, and those who paved the way over the past 38 years. 

The Impact of 700 Wishes

The true impact of a wish is almost indescribable. While we can see the impact on the surface, it’s difficult to quantify the far-reaching impact of a wish. This month, Make-A-Wish Wyoming is celebrating how incredible it is that 700 families have experienced the power of a child’s wish being granted.

“Having gotten to meet so many families, I’ve seen how each of them have their own medical journey. I’ve also been able to witness how each wish has a different meaning to every family, therefore having a very different impact,” says Make-A-Wish Wyoming CEO, Morgan Poloncic.  

Each wish also has an incredible ripple effect that impacts so many others. From hundreds of volunteers, sponsors, board members, partners, and community members who have helped grant wishes since 1985, the impact of 700 wishes is truly beyond comprehension. Without their invaluable support, making it this far would have been impossible. 

The Wishes on the Road to 700

Make-A-Wish Wyoming was founded by four individuals in Casper hoping to help families by granting a few wishes each year. The first official wish in Wyoming was granted in 1985 to 10-year-old Brian, in Gillette, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For months Brian dreamed of a Huffy BMX bike, even trying to assemble his own bike from pieces he found around town. It wasn’t too long after that Brian’s sister saw the newly formed Make-A-Wish Wyoming Foundation and his wish for his own BMX bike was underway.

“I just love this story about Brian’s wish. Every child deserves a bike. I was so fortunate to reconnect with his family in 2015 and relive the impact that wish had on their lives,” says Morgan.

After reconnecting with Brian’s family, his mom and sister attended the Stories of Light Gala with the bike in 2015, the same year Make-A-Wish Wyoming celebrated 500 wishes and 30 years as an organization.

What Does Celebrating 700 Wishes Mean for Wyoming?

Each year Make-A-Wish Wyoming is stronger than the year before, thanks to the network of people who understand and believe in the mission. Celebrating 700 wishes isn’t just for the people today, it’s also a celebration of all those who have made wishes possible since the organization’s inception 38 years ago. This milestone is also a celebration for the many wish families who mean so much to Make-A-Wish Wyoming.

“We wouldn’t be at 700 wishes without the thousands of people across the state working to make wishes happen for the past 38 years. Thank you to those who have helped us get to 700 wishes. We can’t wait to see what the future brings. If you haven’t been a part of the past 700 wishes, you can still be a part of the next 700. Our door is always open,” says Morgan.

Make-A-Wish Wyoming relies on referrals to grant wishes. It’s important for others to understand illnesses don’t have to be terminal to qualify for a wish. Parents, or those referring a child, should keep in mind that if you refer a child for a wish, you aren’t taking a wish away from another child. Make-A-Wish Wyoming has no limits on how many wishes they can grant for medically eligible kids.This chapter wouldn’t be where it is today without the amazing Wyoming communities. As time goes on, Make-A-Wish Wyoming will aim to reach more kids and grant more wishes each year. To get to the next 700 wishes, Make-A-Wish Wyoming relies on referrals of medically eligible children. Refer a child now here.