For nearly 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting wishes for kids with life-altering illnesses. Their mission:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Colorado grants the wishes of Colorado children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

You can read all about how wishes are granted here and even read about how the foundation got its start here. (Would you believe it was sparked by a visit from a radio station mascot?)

There are a few misconceptions about Make-A-Wish, and I think the most important myth I’d like to dispel is that MAW is, “That charity that grants wishes for dying kids.”


First of all, lots of kids that receive gifts go one to live long happy lives (I’m walking proof of this one). Yes, to be eligible for a gift a child must be diagnosed with an illness that is considered to be life-threatening by their physician. But, I think everyone involved hopes that kids that get wishes beat those illnesses. In fact this is how the topic is addressed in the MAW FAQ’s:

A life-threatening illness is not necessarily a terminal illness. Many of our wish children go on to lead healthy lives, remembering fondly the wish that in many cases was an integral part of their healing process.

As I stated in yesterday’s post about my story, I think it’s all about hope. And I always try and find a way to show my support to MAW when I get a chance.

If you want to show some support, don’t forget to join us for the 8th Annual Beano’s Bowling for Make-A-Wish this Sunday in Fort Collins!

$15 gets you: 2 games of bowling and shoe rental from Chipper’s Lanes, food from Taverna Greek Grill, dessert from TCBY, and a beer (or other beverage) from Odell Brewing Company.

And thank to our gracious sponsors, ALL the money goes to the Make-A-Wish foundation!

Please feel free to RSVP and share the Facebook invite here, and hopefully I'll see you on Sunday.