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Seriously-Ill Kennewick Girl Wishes to be a Nurse


December 04, 2013


Seattle, WA

UW Medicine and Make-A-Wish® Washington grant her wish.


Fourteen-year-old Samantha from Kennewick has spent her life in hospitals. Battling a life-threatening heart condition among other serious medical conditions, Samantha has undergone countless surgeries, hospital stays and procedures. Throughout her medical battles, which resulted in the loss of some mobility and speech function, Samantha found hope in the nurses and medical professionals who worked to save her life. When given the opportunity to experience a wish through Make-A-Wish Washington, Samantha chose to spend a day as one of her heroes: a nurse.


Thursday, December 5th
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
(8108 W Gage Blvd, Kennewick)

  • 5 p.m. Samantha meets fellow nurses for a send-off dinner at one of her favorite restaurants.  Nurses from across the Tri-Cities will present gifts to Samantha to help her with her big day working in the hospital, such as a stethoscope, bandages, etc.

Saturday, December 7th
University of Washington Medical Center

  • 10 a.m. Samantha arrives at UW Medicine and is presented with her own nurse’s badge and stethoscope. Her day will include a flash course in Nursing 101, as well as a welcoming potluck with other nurses, an opportunity to care for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and games and crafts with children through the Child Life program.

About Make-A-Wish® Washington:

Since our inception, Make-A-Wish Washington has granted nearly 900 wishes to local children in Eastern Washington with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.



Angela Geiss
Make-A-Wish Washington

Lindsay Schrupp
Make-A-Wish Washington

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Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President of Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333

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