We grant Hero wishes to children who have faced life-altering circumstances with extreme bravery and courage. We award these young Heroes who are in the care of hospitals, shelters, and other facilities nationwide with special Hero bears, t-shirts, certificates, and, best of all, a gift card to spend however they choose.
Kids Wish Network’s original mission was to grant wishes only to children with life-threatening conditions. In doing so, it became apparent that there were so many children in circumstances that deserved to be recognized, but did not qualify for our original program. We then developed our Hero of the Month program to honor the children who did not have a life-threatening condition but who bravely faced some very tough and often tragic situations. These special wishes are called “Hero Wishes.”
The honorees of this program are children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances, often enduring a great deal of pain and suffering. Hospitals and child care facilities throughout the entire country participate in this program by nominating five children every month for the entire year as “Heroes of the Month.” Kids Wish Network then recognizes the children as that facility’s Heroes of the Month.
Although their young lives are changed forever, their courage and spirit serve as an inspiration to us all.
Yesterday we were able to present Harlan with her gift. Her mother wanted it to be a surprise and boy was it. I believe her favorite part of the entire gift was the teddy bear and matching shirt. This young lady is so spunky and always smiling. But, the gift from KWN made her smile grow even larger.
Another “happy hero!” Thanks again for including us in this wonderful program!
We can’t say enough nice things about the program. It has made so many children feel very special. Thank you so much for helping us brighten a child’s day!!!
Thanks again for such a great program to lift the spirits of our kids who need a lift. You make such a difference in so many kids’ lives.
This young lady had been having a really hard time at home after discharge and your package was just the pick-me-up that she needed to continue pushing herself. Thank you so much for providing that to her.
I love the Hero of the Month program. It’s wonderful to recognize kids who’ve overcome illnesses/disabilities that aren’t life-threatening. Tyler and his mother loved being recognized and receiving the award. Thanks for involving us in such a great program!
This is an amazing program that truly recognizes our special kids.
This has been one of the most rewarding parts of my position when I get to give these families something to help them out. Every time I have given them these cards they tear up. It is more help than anyone can imagine. They are always very grateful.
Thank you! Our staff enjoys nominating patients to be Hero of the Month. Staff have commented that it is a great program.
This program is great! The child and his/her family always appreciates the recognition, and of course the gift card. It’s so nice to be able to help these kids during tough times.
Unfortunately it was not a surprise for the patient because she read her mother’s text messages!!! Nosey nosey! Other than that, she was super excited. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the hero party and the gifts. They were all VERY thankful! You guys are WONDERFUL!
This little girl came and received her award with the biggest smile and we couldn’t take pictures due to family situations- but she said “I am going to buy something for me and for all my brothers and sisters because they deserve it too!”
I just wanted to say that I have only heard good things come out of this program and I do hope you keep it going because you wouldn’t believe (maybe you could) how many times I have seen families AND patients get a little teary-eyed upon finding out they were selected as Hero of the Month. Keep up the good work!!!
Our hospital participates in this program and it is wonderful. The staff at Kids Wish Network is great and easy to work with.
The program is fantastic and I highly recommend it!!
The program is such a bright spot for our children. I am so happy we are part of such a wonderful program. Some of our kids go through extraordinary things and it is so nice to be able to recognize that.
Great program!! It’s nice to have something available for kids with chronic problems rather than just for kids with life threatening illnesses. Tyler was so excited when he was told of the program. He had a list of video games he was going to buy with the gift card within a day of hearing about the program! Thank you!
Pediatric facilities nationwide tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of the children, as well as the caregivers’ lives. Many facilities across the nation participate in the Hero program, with many waiting to become part of this rewarding program.
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