Make-A-Wish Colorado Grants Their 6,000th Wish
The non-profit continues to make Colorado kids with critical illnesses smile
For nearly 40 years, Make-A-Wish Colorado has been bringing joy and hope to children battling critical illnesses by granting their “one true wish.” Wishes fall into five categories: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet, I wish to have and I wish to give. Each wish is unique and selected by the individual wish kid, but wishes to give are particularly special as they are designed to bring hope and joy to the wish kid while providing a benefit to others.
Ten-year-old Chase H. from Castle Rock will be the 6,000th child to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish Colorado. Chase has leukemia and loves drawing characters and creating stories with his friends. He also loves reading and typically brings comic books with him to doctor’s appointments and the hospital as a distraction between treatments. When Chase learned that he would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish Colorado, he was torn between creating his own comic book or starting a foundation to benefit children in the hospital. The wish-granting team at Make-A-Wish Colorado helped Chase make both wishes come true by providing him the opportunity to create his own comic book to be distributed to children at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s main and south campuses.
Chase has been working with the design team at STARZ Entertainment since April to bring the characters of his Spectral Universe to life and craft a story centered around four superheroes who battle criminals and overcome a villain named Overload. The comic book, titled The Survivors, recently went to print. On September 15th, Chase will autograph books at a special book launch celebration hosted by STARZ. Boxes of the books will then be given to Children’s Hospital Colorado to share with children undergoing treatments. Chase’s hope is that the books will help to entertain the patients and bring smiles to their faces during an otherwise dark time.
For Abigail Duarte, Chase’s wish coordinator, the process of bringing Chase’s wish to life has been a special one. “Chase has such a fun and generous personality that he naturally engaged everyone involved and inspired the team to go above and beyond,” said Duarte. Rama Wong, Executive Creative Director at STARZ Entertainment, echoed that sentiment stating, “Helping Chase bring his vision to life was a joy. And, knowing that this wish will bring happiness to other children battling critical illnesses was an uplifting experience for all of us.”
As a result of the COVID pandemic, Make-A-Wish Colorado has more children than ever waiting for wishes. Support from individuals and companies like STARZ Entertainment is helping the nonprofit to grant the wishes of nearly 500 waiting children as quickly as possible.
To learn more about being involved, visit the Ways To Help page at wish.org/colorado.