It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Give Kids The World Village Founder Henri Landwirth at the age of 91. Henri leaves behind a legacy of making wishes and dreams come true for children with critical illnesses and their families.
We stayed at Give Kids the World during Hailey’s Make a Wish 5 years ago. It was a magical place. It was the place where I realized that just because the doctors told us Hailey would never walk, or talk, or eat on her own again that I would still encourage Hailey that she could, and she did! To try and explain the very personal experience wouldn’t do this place justice. It’s an unexplainable feeling you get being there. It’s a place where EVERYTHING is accessible to ANYONE. They have accommodations that are not found at any other place I’ve even been to or even read about. One of my favorite things they offer is to have their Mayor come to your bungalow, read your child a bedtime story and kiss them goodnight! Thursday will always be Christmas to us. All of this was the vision of one man, an amazing man, a holocaust survivor, a man that dedicated his life to helping sick children and their families.
I remember he once talked about wishing that no one ever had to stay at the village because that would mean there were no more sick kids. I read his biography and it was intense. The things he endured were awful and those things never hardened his heart. He is a legend that I know I will personally miss. I know one day we will go back to @gktwvillage to volunteer with Hailey now that she is older we can explain what the village and Henri did for our family during one of the hardest times in our life. Thank you Henri ♥️
It has been a very LONG 11 weeks of ataxia! We have finally accomplished our goal of independent steps! Hailey was determined, we doubled our physical therapy, we saw our chiropractor, we used the walker, and SHE DID IT! Again!! Can you imagine just out of the blue having your ability to walk taken away from you? This is a constant battle with having Leukodystrophy. I often think if it were me, personally I’d give up, but not my Hailey. She is amazing and we want to celebrate this, celebrate her!
Today I went to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to celebrate one of my wish kids birthdays. The hospital was throwing them a birthday party and I just thought it was the sweetest thing and then my mom reminded me of when I lost my leg and spent my 9th birthday at CHOA and they did the same for me. This is a picture from that day! What an awesome gesture they do for their birthday patients. Youre the best CHOA!!!! Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston #CHOA#birthday#young#kidpatients#wishkid#makeawish#lovinlife
This week, we're celebrating all of our volunteers who work tirelessly to help grant wishes all across the state of Georgia! Their passion for making the experience of every #WishKid unforgettable is inspiring and amazing. Thank you all for your time, commitment and love - you're the best. ❤️ #NationalVolunteerWeek
I hope to use my baking to raise funds for an organization very dear to me. Too many children live a life of hospitals, doctors, therapies and pain. Make-A-Wish allows many kids an escape from reality and to just be a kid. That escape is priceless to the child and family. For many parents these memories will outlive their child and being able to see their child be a kid with no worries is invaluable. Liam is a #wishkid and very stable and happy. So time to give back. My goals are to talk to local businesses to set up pop up bake sales to raise money for Make-A-Wish and bake for donations for local individuals. Now to start baking samples to bring to businesses and organizations. Any hookups are welcome😀#baketheworldabetterplace#localkids#localbusiness#nova#wishmeluck#myeverythingLB#makeawish
This girl had the trip of her life and we were so grateful we six could tag along as her sidekicks. Lake took full advantage of her role and by the end she would tell her siblings, “but I’m the Wish Kid!” Aka: What I say goes! I cannot express how eternally grateful we are to @awishwithwings and all of their contributors, @gktwvillage and their many many volunteers and donors! We couldn’t have had a better experience and I pray our family remembers this trip forever. It’s neat to see each of our kids come out of their shell and show even more of who they are. Lake likes to be alone, run ahead of the group, not listen to a thing we say, do her own thing and also is my little bud. She is Miss Independent and such a cutie. #ilivelovelake#wishtrip#awishwithwings#wishkid#givethekidstheworld#disneyworld#universalstudios
A wish is a very powerful thing 🌟/// Last Thursday my family and I were extremely humbled to have our wish story presented at the #WishNight gala for @makeawishwisconsin! We are forever grateful for the magic this organization has given us. I can’t wait to share more about this night, a night we won’t ever forget, once I feel a bit more stable. Since the gala my body has been thrown for a loop with migraines and needing 4 stress doses of steroids. Lately it has been a unbalanced tight rope with my health, I seem to be falling off the rope too often. However, nights like this, remind me to continue carrying on and conquering it all, as the good moments like these are worth everything 💙🦋 #MakeAWish#makeawishfoundation#makeawishwisconsin#grantawish#donteawish#wishkid#wishfamily#isabellesfight#thepeacewithinthefight#thepeacewithin
On my trip to Arizona, I of course had to do something Make-A-Wish related! I had so much fun visiting the Make-A-Wish headquarters and Make-A-Arizona! Arizona was the birth place of MAW and seeing it was truly amazing! Thank You @makeawisharizona for giving me a tour of your beautiful office and being so kind! It was an unforgettable experience! I love my Make-A-Wish family and experiences like these just further my philanthropic passion! Here are a few pictures from Arizona’s office- they have a wish wall counting the wishes they do every year, a wall dedicated to the first wish child and wish statistics!
Memories are so important to us. I will always want Hailey to have more happy memories then scary ones. Instead of her remembering a flight for life, multiple surgeries, and the countless emergency room and hospital stays. I want her to remember fun times as a family, magic moments, going to the movies, and hugs from her favorite characters at Disneyland!! So we have fundraisers and we have an Etsy shop. There are things that insurance doesn’t pay for that fall on us, our single income family. When you buy a shirt, or hat, or even a car decal that money all goes toward happy memories for our girl! #leukodystrophy#ataxia#wishkid#disneykid#etsy#fundraising
We're thinking about Ari's Wish Day on this #FlashbackFriday ! She wished for an adaptable playground, which she LOVES. 💕 So many industries and communities came together to make Ari's wish possible, and it was so special to feel the love at her reveal. All the feels for this #WishKid ! 😍
I am hoping to raise funds for Make-A-Wish through this hike. Liam is a #WishKid and received Patch, our pup, as his wish. Wondering if there would be any interest in receiving baked goods as a thank you for donating. No Sales. Donate what you can and receive yummy treats as a thank you. Bread, pies, cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls, etc...message me if you might want some goodies for helping make a difference #ittakesavillage#community#giveback#makeawish#givingkeepsmesane
Universal Studios was one other theme park Hailey visited on our wish trip 5 years ago. It was a day for just Hailey, her dad and me. Hailey couldn’t ride a single thing but the way the cast members and characters tended to her was incredible! A wand picked Hailey from Harry Potter World, SpongeBob stopped the whole parade he was in to bring every character over to Hailey for a hug, and the Pets from movies like Men in Black let Hailey love on them. It was an amazing day!! One of the most memorable days ever.
I remember telling Hailey's wish granters that I didn't want this to just be a fun trip, I wanted memories and that's what we got! So many wonderful memories! #universalstudios @unistudios #wishkid
It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week and we have a LOT to appreciate about our volunteers! From Wish Granters, to event helpers, to airport greeters and everything in between, we are so thankful to work with you! Enjoy this pic of #WishKid Markus who drew up some nice caricatures of his Wish Coordinator, Jamie and Wish Granter Kris. Learn more about becoming a volunteer on our website, colorado.wish.org
Flashback to Hailey’s Make a Wish trip 5 years ago! On the agenda was for Hailey to visit the #bibbidibobbidiboutique and be transformed into a princess! She LOVED this experience so much that she didn’t stop smiling the entire time! Amazing what a little pampering can do for you! She still asks when she can go back. Every year that we go on her birthday it’s on her list! I have watched several videos on how to do “princess” hair so that we can have our own salon day at home but it doesn’t compare to having a fairy god mother in training do it for you! ✨ We Love this magical memory from our trip!✨
Reliving the days Daniela’s dreams came true. . . Visiting Give Kids the World, thank you aways Make A Wish! Found all 3 of her paver stones❤️ It was a bit emotional, we are blessed🙏🏻 #wishkid#teamdaniela @givekidstheworld @makeawishct @makeawishamerica
WORLD WISH DAY is coming April 29th! So as most of you know Holin had such an amazing wish granted this past September to sing and dance on stage with Kelsea Ballerini. I believe they have some sort of soul connection! Holin definitely has one with her, she has been obsessed with her since she was 3! That was her immediate response when asked by Make A Wish what she would like as her wish! We are so grateful and thankful to all the donors and volunteers to help make wishes like Holin's come true, especially grateful to Kelsea for sharing her heart and being so gracious with Holin too! We have decided that in honor of WORLD WISH DAY we will be challenging a fundraiser to help other kids receive wishes! Wishes are given to terminally ill children. Although no one is guaranteed tomorrow, we live our life with Holin one day at a time. We are grateful each day she continues to beat her odds! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN OUR TEAM FOR WORLD WISH DAY AND GRANT MORE WISHES FOR OTHER KIDS PLEASE DO SO AT
Another memory from Hailey’s Make a Wish trip 5 years ago. She was so happy to see Cinderella! Hailey wasn’t able to speak but I knew she wanted Cinderella to noticed that Hailey was wearing a matching dress and Cinderella knew right away. The princesses knew how to keep Hailey engaged even if Hailey couldn’t say a word. They “talked” about all kinds of things.
Now that Hailey can speak when she sees Cinderella at disneyland she’ll ask, “do you remember me from my make a wish trip?” And you know what? Cinderella has never once forgotten and it is so magical for Hailey. “Mom, Cinderella remembers me!!”
This little magic moment is among so many we experience while there. It’s why we want to take her back, it’s why we fundraise and have an Etsy store. All money raised goes toward that. Goes towards happy memories!! #wishkid#disneykid#fundraising#disneyland
Have you ordered you @goldenheartbooks dad hat yet?! We ordered ours and it arrived within a week and Hailey loves it. Head on over there and get yours! Then let me know what color you got!! #goldenheartbooks#ambassador#wishkid#disneykid
Calling all arcade fans! From April 9 - May 6, at @daveandbusters, you will be able to purchase a wish star starting at $1, with 100% of your donation going toward granting life-changing wishes to kids with critical illnesses, like Nicole. Your donation of $1 or more will score you $10 of free game play (with purchase of $10 game play)! Guests are also given the option to round-up their transactions in the restaurant to further benefit Make-A-Wish. Learn more at daveandbusters.com/make-a-wish