Matt About Town: Make-A-Wish doctor talks about the power of granting a child’s wish

Make-A-Wish doctor talks about the power of granting a child's Wish

All month long, WTOP is highlighting our partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Operation Dream Maker, which raises money to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses and whose parents are our nation’s military heroes.

Last year, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted 386 wishes in the DMV community, and this year, with your help, they say they hope to grant even more.

The nonprofit says around a third of the kids who get wishes in the D.C. area each year are those with parents or guardians who are serving or have served in the military.

At this point, you’ve seen many stories about the inspiring journeys of those who have had their wishes fulfilled through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. But what if we told you that granting a child’s wish was more than just a feel-good moment?

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax sat down with the chapter medical adviser to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, Dr. Jeremy Edwards, to talk about the power behind each wish — and how granting a wish can actually help a child in their fight against a critical illness. Edwards is an active-duty colonel in the U.S. Army and a pediatric oncologist who treats the children of military families.

Edwards discussed two studies that break down the medical benefits of a wish, backed up by scientific data gathered at the highest levels from around the world. As it turns out, granting a wish has the power to do a lot more than put a smile of a child’s face.

Every year on April 29, World Wish Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Make-A-Wish. April is also both the Month of the Military Child and World Wish Month!

To find more stories like this one, meet Wish Kids of the D.C. area and learn how you can give back to the worthy cause of turning a child’s dream into reality, you can visit WTOP’s Make-A-Wish website.

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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