“Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight,” has been told to children before bedtime for decades. Children have been told stories of magic and fairytales, and a lot of them believe in it. Children have sat by their windows to wish at the stars, and still do. Make A Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with terminal medical conditions. Children, or someone who knows them, send a wish to Make A Wish for it to be granted. They still might kneel outside their windows and wish with all their might, who knows? No, they do not get a fairy god mother, magic wands, or pixie dust; but getting their wishes granted is magical none-the-less. The members of the foundation and members of the community, many who do not know the child personally, come together and raise money to grant the wish. Not one particular face represents Make A Wish, maybe because thousands of people devote their time and effort to give these children joy. Many of these thousands have never got any recognition for all the heart they have put into the cause, and many of them do not expect it in return. Heather Ciasto is one of these people. I believe she deserves some recognition, because if someone granted your one true wish, wouldn’t you believe the same?
Make A Wish Foundation started out, almost by accident, with a little boy named Chris. Chris was seven years old and most likely going to pass away, because he had leukemia. With all his heart, he wished to be a police officer. Being a police officer was his dream, a dream he most likely would not get to fulfill. Police officers and many other members of the community made it their mission to grant Chris’s wish, by any means necessary. In short, they got him a custom uniform to match the local departments, a helicopter ride, and let him “catch bad guys” (How It All Started). Chis died four days later (How It All Started). This was the unintentional start of Make A Wish Foundation.
Chris inspired the community to continue granting wishes and, in the process, changed many people’s hearts. He changed the hearts of people he had never met. He taught people how to live even after he died; like Tommy Austin who says, “He was only seven years, 264 days old when he died. But he taught me about...