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Wish Blog

Feb 08, 2016

CHD Awareness Week

CHD Awareness
We recognize Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in honor of the many children with congenital heart conditions who have been granted a wish. Wish kids Tausaafia, Jin, Tisha and Veda all have heart conditions that they will battle for the rest of their lives. Read each of their inspirational stories of resilience below.



“Disney World gave her this magical belief. It was like she was in another world, a magical world. One where you didn’t have to wait in any lines, everybody was friendly, families could just be families, kids could just be kids and worries didn’t exist." - Tausaafia’s mom, Charmaine.

Tausaafia's story



“Through the process of seeing Jin’s Wish to completion, I was able to witness an incredible change in his confidence." – James, Wish Granter and Staff Member

Jin's story



“In our particular situation, we have learned so much from Tisha and she has taught us that we need to live each and every day to its fullest; not worry about the small things that we cannot change and be thankful for the love and blessings we have in our life and family.” – Tisha’s mom, Maureen

Tisha's story



"We had such a great time. It was something Veda and the girls will remember forever." – Ali, Veda’s mom

Veda's story

If you know a child between the ages of 2 1/2 - 18 who battles a congenital heart defect, click here to learn more about how to refer him/her to Make-A-Wish Hawaii to receive a life-affirming wish experience.

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Wish Blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful work happening at Make-A-Wish® Hawaii. See how the wishes of local keiki battling critical illnesses come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or from those in your neighborhood who have been transformed by a wish in some way. Discover why we are so committed to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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