Matt About Town: Meet 17-year-old Page, who used his Make-A-Wish experience to inspire others through his love of film

Make-A-Wish teen from Virginia documented his journey on film to inspire others
WTOP is now in its home stretch of highlighting our month-long partnership with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. MAWMA’s April “Operation Dream Maker” campaign is actively raising money to fulfill the wishes of the children of our nation’s military heroes diagnosed with critical illnesses.

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 DC area each year are those with parents or guardians who are serving or have served in the military.

So far this month, you’ve met several Wish Kids from the D.C. region, who have sat down with WTOP’s Matt Kaufax to tell their moving stories of overcoming health challenges through perseverance, optimism, and determination. You’ve also heard about their Wish journeys, and seen how Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic has helped give them hope in tough times!

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax sat down with a Wish Kid who took a different approach to his Wish, and used his love of film, combined with his Wish experience, to turn around and inspire others.

Matt’s story with 17-year-old Page showcases how one selfless decision helped the Fairfax teen document his own health struggle on camera, with the intention of helping others experiencing the same adversity he did. It’s an installment in WTOP’s “Make-A-Wish Month” series that will inspire!

On April 29, please join WTOP and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic in celebrating World Wish Day, commemorating the anniversary of the founding of Make-A-Wish. April is also the Month of the Military Child and World Wish Month!

To find more stories like Page’s, meet other Wish Kids of the DMV, and learn how you can give back to the worthy cause of turning a child’s dream into reality, you can visit Every donation, no matter how large, makes a difference!

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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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