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Wish mom gives back

Benita and Anecia

“ I want to bring hope to children and families in the future. ”

- Benita, wish mom and Legacy of Wishes donor

Wish child, Ani, was just two years old when a lump on her neck ultimately turned out to be cancerous.

Fortunately, she responded very well to treatment and quickly went into remission.

When the hospital social worker said that Ani was eligible for a wish, she knew exactly what she wanted: a playhouse. Wish-granting volunteer, Lisa Carlson, worked with a construction company that would build the playhouse. “They built it fullsize with the hope and belief she would grow up to be an adult,” remembers Lisa.

Today, the playhouse still stands. Ani, a high school senior, plans to become a cosmetologist and has turned it into her makeup studio.

“Make-A-Wish means hope," says wish mom, Benita. “I feel like I still have post-traumatic stress disorder from my daughter's cancer diagnosis and treatment. The devastation that cancer families go through, you can't imagine.”

Benita gives back by contributing to her Boeing employee giving program, and is adding Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington to her will. She says, “Make-A-Wish is my charity of choice, and I want to bring hope to children and families in the future.”

For more information about how a planned gift could change your life and support the life-changing work of Make-A-Wish, visit, or contact Melissa Arias, president and CEO at 206.623.5312 or

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