Memorial Stories

Gabby

Gabby

Gabby was born in 2020 in the height of COVID.  She was an only child who was adored by her parents.  She not only loved music, dancing and “reading” books, she also indulged in chocolate chip cookies and popcorn.  Crafts, play-doh and bubbles were all at the top of her list;  as well as her […]

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Jonas

Jonas

Jonas is a little guy born with a big diagnosis. His heart disease affected his heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently through his little body and contributed to multiple surgeries in Jonas’s short life. Ultimately, it also contributed to his death. Mom wrote, “Our sweet Jonas loved being held and loved singing and talking with us. 

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Lolita

Lolita

One day shy of her six-month birthday Lolita’s parents had to say goodbye to their beautiful, blue-eyed baby girl.  Lolita endured open heart surgery and a number of debilitating complications stemming from RSV.  In the Memorial application, her parents poignantly wrote, “Lolita let her light shine brighter than the sun since the day she was born.

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Sawyer

Sawyer

The Memorial program at Wishes & More is a financial grant to parents who lose a child.  But it is more than a gift of money, it is a gift that comes from the heart of a community who cares and is symbolic of that community.  We recently gave that support to the family of Sawyer,

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MarcJon

MarcJon

MarcJon was a delightful young man with a vibrant personality. Unfortunately, he lost a battle with a very rare genetic condition called ROHHAD syndrome.  Despite his struggles, MJ found enjoyment in many things including simply being outdoors, exploring parks, and connecting with nature.  He also loved music and playtime and was known for sharing his

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Ellis

Ellis

Seventeen-year-old Ellis was known for his infectious laugh and his kindness to others. He loved spending time with family and expressing his zest for life in many encouraging ways. His plans and dreams included enrolling in the US Military and ultimately becoming an inventor of video games and a pastor.  All those dreams were shattered when he

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Chloe

Chloe

Sixteen-year-old Chloe endured much in her lifetime as it was punctuated with many seizures and medical procedures to alleviate them.  She overcame numerous obstacles and proved that her abilities far outweighed her disabilities.  She enjoyed school and many activities, and her parents shared, “A day with Chloe was filled with sass, literal translations of the

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Camille

Camille was born with a serious genetic disorder and as her parents celebrated her birth, they also received the devastating news that her life-expectancy was likely just a few months. This little fighter was absolutely adored by her parents and three siblings.  She had numerous hospital visitors who were able to hold her and see her sweet

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Nora

Nora

Precious Nora is the middle child of three.  She grew up on a farm in western MN and was known and cherished by her family and friends as a Princess Farm Girl!  She could often be found wearing high heels and a dress when she jumped on her bike or went for a Ranger ride

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Sawyer

At three-months-old, Sawyer’s parents received the heartbreaking news that their perfect baby boy had a very rare neurological and degenerative disorder.  His adoring Mom stayed home to be with him each and every day and gave him the best childhood she could!  He loved the outdoors, hiking and spending time at a Park Reserve just

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Ivanna

Ivanna

Recently, Wishes & More provided memorial funds to the  parents of a precious 6-month-old. This little angel was the youngest of four sisters and brought an incredible amount of joy to her household from day one.  Just days after enjoying her first Christmas, Ivanna took her final breath. Her heart wrenching obituary read, “Her wide

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Peter

Peter

One-year-old Peter fought for his life every day that he lived.  He not only had a very rare developmental condition, he also struggled with congenital heart disease and severe lung disease.  The family thought they were going to lose him at 2-weeks-old and prepared themselves for the worst at that time – but he battled

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Calder

Sharing stories of our memorial grants are always heartbreaking because each time the story ends with the passing of a child. However, Memorials gifts are an important service that we provide, and, to our knowledge, there is no other organization that provides these financial gifts to surviving parents. We also know that sharing the story

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Dahlia

Dahlia

A few days after Dahlia was born, her adoring parents learned that she had signs and symptoms consistent with a rare genetic condition called Walker Warburg Syndrome – a congenital muscular dystrophy and muscle eye brain disease.  Surgeries, breathing tubes, numerous tests & pokes, therapies and countless meetings with doctors, nurses and specialists all became

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Oliver

Oliver

With sparkling blue eyes and brilliant red hair, this little guy captures the heart of everyone.  And it’s heartbreaking to share that after 18-months of battling intractable epilepsy and a critical neurodevelopmental disorder, sweet Oliver passed away in March.  In his short life, he faced many difficulties which he fought with the loving support from his

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Ashley

Ashley

16-year-old Ashley, known for her playful sense of humor and love of dancing, was dealt a huge blow when she was diagnosed with a Diffuse Midline Glioma, an aggressive brain tumor. Her family – a particularly close knit set of five siblings and two remarkable parents – were shocked with the diagnosis and a daunting

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Adeline

Adeline was a brave little heart warrior with a big personality. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and fought every day like a brave heart warrior does. Sadly, she passed away before she could turn five. Adeline’s family will remember her as their princess that adored spending time with her sister and playing

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Ivy

Ivy

Little Ivy was born with a host of serious health complications and spent only two of her 13 months of life in her family home.  Wishes & More was not able to grant a wish for this little angel; however, our Memorial funds were given to the family immediately after her passing.  We share the

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Ava

Ava

Ava was born with a heart defect and she was only 3-months old when her loving parents waited in a surgical lounge while their precious little girl endured her first heart surgery. Ava also faced the challenges of having Down Syndrome but neither one stopped her from bringing joy and having her life filled with

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Parker

Parker

Parker’s life was changed after a series of doctor’s visits trying to figure out the source of his high fever. Eventually, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and endured nine months of chemo treatments. After enduring the fight of his life, Parker sadly passed away at the age of four from the cancer

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Emari

Emari

Emari was diagnosed with AML last August and immediately underwent four rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, the aggressive treatments didn’t work, and cancer ruthlessly spread throughout her little body. It was at that point when the family reached out to make sure she was able to experience a wish. We immediately approved a wish for a

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Lindsey

Lindsey

Lindsey was a strong little girl, fighting for her life from day one. She was born with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, yet her adoring family was always hopeful that she would exceed the doctor’s expectations. Sadly, she passed away at just three-months-old. Her “big” brother Logan was always her biggest fan and he loved to snuggle

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Miles

Miles

“Mighty Miles” will always be remembered as a superhero who went into battle fighting Congenital Heart Disease every day of his life.  He celebrated his 5th birthday just after his fourth heart surgery.  This surgery was supposed to be his final one; however, it didn’t go as expected and resulted in infection and complications resulting in another

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Matthias

Matthias

Three-year-old Matthias lived most of his life in the ICU. He was born with serious heart issues and required constant attention from his medical team. Every day, Matthias shared his beautiful smile with every person he came into contact with and Mom described him as “the sweetest little boy…with so much love to give.”  The

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