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Do You Want to Know How Wishes are like Icebreakers?

Tammy Brickner

“ The wish gets the whole family involved. ”


- Tammy Brickner

Tammy Brickner has been a child life specialist for 25 years. She has referred dozens of wish kids to our chapter and she’s seen how it benefits not only them, but also her.

“A wish is like an icebreaker,” she said. “If a kid is having a really bad day, I can go in and talk about wishes. It’s something that’s not medical ... and you can see their whole face light up.”

Brickner uses Make-A-Wish to help her get through to patients and provide them with the best care possible. It has an important role in her day-to-day job.

She has seen tears in the face of hard medical decisions and treatments. But she’s also seen, “crying in the face of good news” when families find out that their child is eligible for a wish.

Wishes are a chance for families to see light and experience hope. And, you make that possible with your support.

On a typical day, Brickner sees 25 to 30 kids, many of whom qualify to receive a wish. “Because a wish involves the whole family, it’s definitely a part of total patient care,” she said. “The wish gets the whole family involved. They have very little say in the treatment, but they do have a say in the wish.”

Brickner sees the positive impact that wishes can make—whether it’s retelling the story of a trip to Hawaii or planning out a playhouse structure instead of a treatment schedule.

“It’s the kids and the families that keep me coming back. I’ve met some amazing families. I think kids are much stronger than adults.”

Thank you, Tammy Brickner, for helping us grant wishes! Did you know that currently 1 in 4 children is not receiving a wish? Help us reach every eligible child today!

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