We have some of the best Children’s Hospitals in the country right here in the Twin Cities. Each Monday, we like to share some the remarkable stories of the patients, and once in a while offer some special updates.
As part of Accomplish Minnesota, we’ve held Wishes in Flight phone drives, where viewers have donated miles to help make kids’ dreams come true, and we’ve helped facilitate others, like when we built a treehouse on the ‘CCO rooftop. But on Monday, WCCO got to grant a wish.
Any child who has had chemotherapy gets to make a wish with Make-A-Wish Minnesota. There are so many ways to get involved and help make these wishes a reality, and one includes a commitment of only a few hours.
When Make a Wish said they’d grant him a dream, Lucas wanted to serve those who’ve served him, in a food truck.
JoJo is fighter. The 11-year-old is working hard to fight Pleuropulmonary Blastoma, a rare type of lung cancer, for the second time.
Minneapolis Police are reminding people not to leave valuable belongings in plain sight of your car, no matter where you park. A family from Colfax, Wisconsin learned the hard way after parking their car at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis in a paid multi-level lot.
Earlier this week, WCCO introduced you to Gabe, a competitive 12-year-old from Vadnais Heights. He couldn’t play sports while doctors treated him for lymphoma but now, he’s cancer free. This week, Gabe had some special moments with his hockey heroes.
Samantha Crook is a sweet, soft-spoken first grader with a ready smile. But over the last two years, she’s had to overcome a lot. “In Samantha’s case, she was never sick. She was sick for just about two to three days before she was diagnosed, so we had no indication,” Samantha’s mom, Teri Crook, said.
WCCO is trying to raise 20 million airline miles to grant wishes of kids around the state for Make-A-Wish Minnesota, and we’re having a little fun in the process! WCCO is holding a #Race4Wishes around the Twin Cities. WCCO TV’s Kylie Bearse and WCCO Radio’s John Williams will compete against WCCO TV’s Matt Brickman and 12-year-old Gabe from Vadnais Heights is the other team.
All day Wednesday, WCCO will be sharing the stories of Minnesota kids that Make-A-Wish Minnesota helps. WCCO is trying to raise 20 million airline miles for these kids, to help their wish come true. With the help of our viewers we can send kids like Noah on the trip of a lifetime.
WCCO teamed up with Make-A-Wish Minnesota last March to accomplish something big. Through your generosity, over 18 million airline miles were raised to grant the wishes of local kids. One of those kids was Noah, a teenager from Rochester.
Thursday’s snow was the perfect complement to a Farmington teen’s dream come true. Nick Kraml, 14, is battling a cancer so rare that his mom says only three patients have been seen with it at Children’s Hospital. He’s been responding to treatments though, and was well enough to show up at Canterbury Park’s Snocross track in Shakopee.
Some Minnesota kids took a trip to a place most of us dream about visiting Tuesday night. They didn’t escape winter by heading someplace warm. They hopped a flight to the North Pole!
Starting Saturday, one of the classic holiday attractions of Minneapolis will be open to the public. Santaland is located on the eight floor of Macy’s downtown store. Denise Cattoor is vice president store manager. “This is the 52nd year of Santaland, and we’re very excited to have this tradition for all of our customers here in the Twin Cities,” Cattoor said.
Your generosity is already helping kids’ dreams come true. Earlier this year, you helped us raise 18 million airline miles for Make-A-Wish Minnesota.
Thanks to our WCCO viewers and listeners, Tuesday’s Accomplish MN Make-a-Wish drive turned out to be a huge success. Our goal was to raise 10 million airline miles for Make-a-Wish Minnesota through your donations. Those miles would help get kids to their dream destination.
Meet Kyra. She’s a bubbly 9-year old girl from Apple Valley, with one exception. “Kyra has cystic fibrosis,” said Mark, her dad. “She was diagnosed at 3 months.”
Caleb Pence may not have the bones of a normal 7-year-old, but he does have twice the heart.
Once a month on the WCCO Saturday morning show, we’re going to try to bring you the story of a different Make-A-Wish child. This time we’re introducing you to Tommy Costello, a 15-year-old whose cancer diagnosis was just the start of a harrowing year for his family.
This week, there’s a way for you to try food from some of Minnesota’s best chefs while helping kids with life-threatening medical conditions. It’s called Delicious Wishes.
A couple months ago, Matt Brickman and WCCO photographer Carly Danek were asked to work on a project for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The family of a girl named Tana wished for a video of Tana’s friends and classmates talking about what they’ve learned from having her in class.
Sixteen-year-old Matthew Wood thought he was just taking a look at a collection of classic cars. However, it was just a detour to get to the one that was waiting for him. He knew that a project was in the works through the Make a Wish Foundation to restore his favorite car – a 1968 Dodge Charger. Make a Wish even had to ask Morrie’s Automotive Group for extra help to make a teenage cancer patient’s dream come true.
If there’s a teenager who deserves a chance to get away for a day or two, it’s 16-year-old Cody Metz of Lakeville.
It wasn’t the game of baseball being played at Target Field before today’s Twins Game. Instead, an 8-year-old from Lino Lakes with Leukemia asked if he could play video games. That wish – and much more — came true.
A 4-year-old Robbinsdale boy has a disease that keeps him from a lot of things other boys his age can do. But Antonio Eric Lewis’ parents learned recently that he would rather sit in a hot tub than his wheelchair.