These wishes can’t wait—find out how you can bring wishes to life in Birmingham


For Wish Kid Johanna and her brother, her play set has brought endless joy to her family and inspires hope for brighter days to come. Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama on Facebook

Holiday magic is all around this time of year. If you’re looking for a way to give some magic yourself right here in Birmingham, there’s no better way than granting a wish with Make-A-Wish Alabama.

Find out how you can be a part of bringing dreams to life for Alabama children at the Wishes Can’t Wait Telethon on December 12.

Make-A-Wish Alabama has Granted Over 1,000 Wishes Since 2012

Alabama local Meghan headed north to the Big Apple with her wish to go to New York City! Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama on Facebook

Make-A-Wish Alabama does so much incredible work, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of them. If not, here’s what you need to know: this organization creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The Alabama chapter is headquartered right here in Birmingham! Even though this is a national organization, all operations take place at a grassroots level within the state of Alabama.

Not only is Make-A-Wish Alabama a fantastic cause—it’s a cause that can’t exist without your help. The average cost of a wish is $8,000 and one wish is granted every 48 hours in Alabama.

Your Support Grants Wishes to Birmingham Children

Wish kid Ava with local volunteers—there are more than 200 wish volunteers across the state of Alabama. Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama on Facebook

Funds raised here in Birmingham directly support the mission of granting wishes to Alabama children with volunteers across the state working directly with wish families.

The North Central Alabama chapter has granted 296 wishes to local children. Currently, there are 65 North Central kids waiting on their wish—and they need your help.

95% of parents shared that the wish experience provided their child with the opportunity to view their life as more than an illness. You can make that happen for children in our city.

Meet Thomas! This Birmingham Wish Recipient Will Melt Your Heart

Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama

Thomas is 13 years old and has three younger siblings. He was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy, radiation and multiple hospital stays during his treatment.

Thomas wished to have a “gaming room”—a complete bedroom makeover with a new gaming computer system! He is now in remission but goes to Children’s for maintenance treatment.

Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama

Thomas wished for the gaming room because during treatment he had to quit baseball and basketball, leave school and was unable to see his friends for weeks at a time.

During this time of fear and loneliness, he was able to video chat and play video games with those friends to stay connected. Several of those friends attended his wish reveal in October.

Supporting Make-A-Wish Alabama helps bring wishes like Thomas’ to life!

Don’t Miss the Make-A-Wish Telethon on December 12

Tune in to CBS 42 on December 12 to check it out! Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama on Facebook

Join Make-A-Wish Alabama for their first-ever telethon in the Magic City! With approximately 200 kids in the state currently waiting on a wish, they need your help to give them the life-changing power of a wish experience.

How to Participate:

  • TUNE IN: The event will be hosted at CBS 42, where you can tune in to watch.
  • TEXT TO GIVE: Text 243725 to donate.
  • DONATE ONLINE: Check out this link to donate online before December 12.
  • SHARE: You can share the event page on social to help spread the word.

Wishes can’t wait, Birmingham! Donate today.

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Beth Cunningham
A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.
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