May, 2013 – The Little Wish Foundation was launched by Freedom Employee Therese Niemiec in 2010, alongside her 16 year-old daughter, after the devastating loss of 7-year old Max, the son of a close family friend, to cancer.
Little Wish Foundation seeks to “To serve pediatric oncology patients by providing a little wish that would bring hope, comfort and joy.” Niemiec herself explains,
“Today we grant wishes to children in the following hospitals: South Bend Memorial, Rileys and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital (both in Indianapolis). We have granted close to two hundred wishes to children ranging in age from newborn to twenty-one (they treat young adults in pediatrics because they found they respond better to treatment). A lot of our wish recipients request electronic items, such as iPads, laptops, iPods, gaming systems, and TVs, but we have also given concert tickets, spa days, American Girl Doll shopping trips, Kings Island water park tickets, shopping sprees, toddler beds and remote control trucks/cars. One wish in particular that I remember was a video camera for a newborn diagnosed with cancer. The baby’s father was fighting in Afghanistan and he had not seen his newborn daughter yet.
In short, we have found this to be such a rewarding experience. We get in return, from these recipients and their families, much, much more than we give and feel very fortunate to be able to meet these amazing people. We get funding by holding events and through donations. For more information, please visit our website at www.littlewishfoundation.org.”