Matt About Town x Make-A-Wish: Meet 9-year-old Isaiah

Matt About Town x Make-A-Wish: Meet 9-year-old Isaiah

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

In 2023, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted 386 wishes to kids across D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Many of these children have parents or guardians who are serving or have served in the military.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax talks to an inspiring Virginia fourth grader whose passions include science, math and all things ocean-related!

Meet 9-year-old Isaiah, whose story of perseverance through a liver transplant, and wish to swim with dolphins, will inspire you!

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 Isaiah’s, and learn how you can give back to the worthy cause of turning a child’s dream into reality, you can visit You can also visit

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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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