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Heartwarming Stories of Last Wishes Coming True

Updated October 13, 2018 498 votes 90 voters 9.9k views27 items

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A wish can be a powerful thing – it can make a dark place a little brighter, it can ignite a spark of hope. Since its inception in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other have been responsible for granting the wishes of thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses all across the United StatesA wish, on average, is granted by children charities every 38 minutes to a child with a critical medical condition.

While the vast majority of wishes involve taking vacations, meeting celebrities, or going to Disneyland, occasionally kids go off-prompter, and things get awesome. Every wish that Make-A-Wish grants is as personal and unique as the child who wishes it. We are all aware of the astounding ability of wishes to put smiles on the faces of desperately ill children and how granting them, or even reading about them, enriches the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Granting last wishes brings about new beginnings. These true stories are inspiring, motivating, and might just make you tear up. In the spirit of spreading even more goodwill, here are some wonderful wish stories to warm your heart!
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    Oliver Wished to Have Tea and Crumpets with Queen Elizabeth

    No sports stars, rock singers or actors for Oliver - he wanted to go straight to the top and meet the queen! 10-year-old Oliver Burton had Down syndrome and was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. His one wish was to have a sit down with the matriarch of the royal family. The queen herself was not available but famed actress Helen Mirren who has portrayed the queen more than once, stepped up to play the part. She did so perfectly, never breaking character for a moment. The two dined on tea and crumpets, played with corgis from her production The Audience, and Mirren even knighted Burton with her hand. Oliver passed away in August of 2013, but he always believed that he had met the queen and, for that day, was treated like complete royalty.

    Source: Daily Mail
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    Reece Wished to 'Marry' His Sweetheart

    Reece Wished to 'Marry' His Sweetheart
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Reece Fleming was diagnosed with leukemia at just four years old and battled with the condition for four long years. When asked if he had any last wishes, Reece made it known that he wanted to “marry” his sweetheart, Elleanor Pursglove, before he passed. The mock wedding occurred at the Fleming house, where Reece had been moved after being given his grim prognosis. The families did their best to make the wedding seem as real as possible, even having the couple exchange rings. After Elleanor left that day, his mother said Reece looked completely at peace. He passed away the day after the wedding.

    Source: The Daily Telelgraph
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    Jonathan's Wished to Help Children at an Orphanage

    In 2008, 17-year-old Jonathan DiLeo was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he was given the opportunity to have his wish granted. He immediately knew what his wish was going to be: to help the boys at Mbuya Nehanda children’s home in Zimbabwe. He had visited the orphanage before on a trip with his parents, and he had watched how the boys had to carry buckets of water long distances just to have access to it. Jonathan wished for them to have an irrigation system, so that the boys wouldn't have to do that any longer and they could have access to clean water like he did. Although Jonathan succumbed to his cancer just 4 months after he was diagnosed, his wish left a lasting legacy. Jonathan’s Impact Orphan Ministries was created to continue such acts of goodwill.
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    Bethany Wanted Nothing More Than to Sing For Simon Cowell

    Bethany Wanted Nothing More Than to Sing For Simon Cowell
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    For this young generation, nothing denotes having talent than getting a thumbs up from Simon Cowell. When 5-year-old Brittany Fenton was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009, her last wish was to be able to sing for him. Cowell received a front row seat for Brittany's final performance of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." she passed away three days later in hospice, having fulfilled her dream.
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