Make-A-Wish granted

Charleston – Last month, seven-year-old Hannah, of Chapmanville, W.Va., returned from the place that most children dream about, the Walt Disney World® Resort. Hannah, who is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart disorder, was granted her wish on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Hannah and her family stayed at Give Kids the World Village, a fairy tale resort for kids just like Hannah that features a gingerbread house restaurant, an Ice Cream Palace, and the Castle of Miracles. Throughout her trip, Hannah had the chance to visit multiple theme parks, including Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios.

Wishes like Hannah’s cannot take shape without one crucial, first step: a wish referral. Be the start of a wish-come-true today by referring a child who is between the ages of 2.5 and 18 and has a life-threatening medical condition.

For additional information on Hannah’s wish or how to refer a child, contact Charleston Regional Manager Jo Beth Smith at 304-342-9474.

The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that it only provides wishes for dying children. To the contrary, it fulfills wishes for children living with life-threatening medical conditions and believes that a wish experience fills families with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2.5 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 16,000 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at 800-664-9474 or visit its web site at

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