It was April 7, 1983. The day Jody was waiting for had finally arrived. The 11-year-old from Clinton, MD had been battling cancer, and for a while now, her days had been consumed with fighting her illness. It made it hard for Jody to feel like a regular kid, and her sense of hope was beginning to dwindle.
Jody’s family learned about a new organization that wanted to bring hope to kids like her. Six friends in Montgomery County, MD had started a Make-A-Wish chapter, dedicated to the mission of granting the wishes of local children with critical illnesses. Jody became the recipient of its very first wish when she went to Ocean City, MD to enjoy a beach vacation with her family. The trip was transformative for Jody – returning joy to her life when she needed it most – and marked a huge milestone for the chapter. It was the beginning of Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic.
It’s been 35 years since that first wish came true, and our chapter has granted over 9,800 wishes in the years since. From superheroes to unicorns, and everything in between, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic has brought life to the most heartfelt wishes of local children. Every wish is a spark in a child’s life, setting off joy and hope by showing them that there is something to look forward to.
We are proud of all that we have accomplished, but there is still work left to be done.
For every child who has a wish granted, there is another child waiting for their wish to come true. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic lacks the necessary funds to clear our wish pipeline, and at this moment there are over 600 local children who are fighting critical illnesses and waiting for their wishes to be granted. These kids shouldn’t have to wait.
Join us this year as we celebrate our 35th anniversary, and transform lives one wish at a time. Learn more about how you can get involved here.