Children’s Wishes Family Programming is open to ALL Wish Kids and their families no matter who granted their Wish. As a local organization, Children’s Wishes is uniquely positioned to continue to provide support for Wish Families beyond the Wish. Our Family Programming provides an opportunity for Wish Kids and their siblings to participate in fun activities and allows parents to support each other in a relaxed setting as the medical challenges continue. Please call the office for more details and to be put on our mailing list for Family Programming!
Wishing You WELLness Restorative Yoga
Wishing you WELLness is a FREE restorative yoga program teaching breathing and mindfulness. Appropriate for all levels including beginners! Bring a friend!
On Par Golf Academy
The On Par Golf Academy gives Wish Kids and their siblings and a friend the opportunity to learn how to play golf for free! Group lessons are taught by David McBride who is a PGA Teaching Professional at the RI Children’s Golf Course at Coventry Pines Golf Course.
For those not familiar with golf, “par” is the word used to describe the number of strokes expected to finish a hole. In real life, “par” denotes the concept of “equal value”. The goal of the “On Par” Golf Academy is to offer an environment for kids to learn how to play golf where everyone is striving to do their best but everyone is treated as equals no matter the skill level or challenges.
David McBride, the PGA Teaching Professional who runs the course will lead the instructions and experienced golfers will also be there to offer one-on-one assistance. The program runs year round with Children’s Wishes families having access to Saturday clinics and then our outdoor program will begin again in the Spring.
Words for Wishes
Children’s Wishes offers free books for Wish Kids and their families! Come to our office and pick out some books to take home! We only ask that you pay it forward and pass on the magic of reading when you are done with your book!
Brynn’s Closet contains princess dresses and superhero costumes for Wish Kids and their families! Inspired by #BrynncesstheBrave who wore 33 different princess dress to 33 radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Brynn’s Closet demonstrates how the power of your imagination can bring sunshine and hope to difficult medical challenges. Here is Brynncess the Brave’s story:
Brynn is a sweet, full of life Disney Princess-loving girl who was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare and aggressive brain cancer affecting about 185 children each year, in February 2017. A 9 hour brain surgery removed the tumor and she completed 33 radiation treatments over 6 and a half weeks, ending in May 2017 just prior to her third birthday.
For being such a young child, Brynn has been incredibly aware of what she has experienced over the past several months. She asks questions about her “boo boo” and knows she received “fairy magic” to help her boo boo not come back. Brynn asked at the beginning of her treatment to dress up in her Disney Princess costumes for the appointments, as she believes that her favorite princesses are brave and strong and wearing her costumes makes her brave and strong, too. Little did she know just how courageous – and inspiring – she was to all who crossed her path.
Over the course of treatment, Brynn amassed a total of 35 Disney Princess dresses. Treatment became something that she looked forward to as opposed to something that she feared; dressing up, showing off her costumes, and taking her daily “pictures” replaced the fear and anxiety of getting IVs, being in the hospital, sedated daily, and experiencing all of the side effects of radiation.
Brynn is excited to share this secret with other kids fighting cancer or other life threatening illnesses. She opens her closet for others to be able, through play and pretend, to access the bravery, strength, and courage that already exists inside these little warriors when it’s needed the most. She looks forward to being a part of making potentially scary situations for kids a little bit easier, through the magic of Brynn’s Closet.