brett at mawLast week, I was invited to come to the Make-A-Wish Illinois office for a short visit and thank you for what we (read: you) accomplished last month with the Blogathon fundraiser. Together, we raised more than $12,000 to help Make-A-Wish in its mission to grant the wishes of children who really need a special experience.

I cannot overemphasize how gracious and appreciative the staff at Make-A-Wish was for your efforts. Truly, they think it’s amazing how eagerly you gave and supported this cause. We have a special community here, and it shows.

Although Make-A-Wish is not able to guarantee that it can pair our specific donations to a specific future wish (if they did that for every donation, their operations would grind to a halt), they did present us with two plaques of Chicago Cubs fan wishes that our donations “adopted.” In other words, if you want to think about it this way, we retroactively paid for two recent Chicago Cubs fan wishes, including one that’s happening this Summer. Without the support from people like you, these experiences don’t happen.

Here are the plaques for A.J., 12, and Arman, 7:

A.J., who was diagnosed with a Burkitt’s lymphoma in December 2011, wished to meet some of his favorite Cubs players and spend a day at the ballpark (and the Cubs beat the Cardinals, to boot!). Arman, who was diagnosed with a cancer of the muscles in 2012, is a passionate Cubs fan (who can tell you just about anything about the Cubs). He wished for he and his family to get to take a Hawaiian cruise, which they’ll be doing late in the Summer.

Thank you again for your tremendous support throughout this process, and thank you to Make-A-Wish Illinois for all that they do – and for being so kind to me on my visit.

  • Jim

    Powerful. Thank you again Brett for facilitating all of this.

  • DarthHater

    Ummm, I think you meant: “I cannot overemphasize…”

  • bbmoney

    Awesome stuff.

    • Stevie B

      Kinda feeling douche- like for not donating.
      I’m in extra next go around.

  • Smitty

    Well done. I’m already excited for the Bleacher Nation’s next philanthropic endeavor. The boys and I will be in full support.

  • Rich

    cool stuff, happy to donate…let’s do that again!

  • Webb

    Brett, ya gots ta put the light source in front of you if you don’t want to be in the reflection :) Or shoot the pic to me and I’ll ‘shop it for you.

    Kidding aside, this was amazing work. Truly incredible and heartwarming. Thanks for your effort.

  • chrisfchi

    This just turned a horrible day around!

  • Diggs

    Thank you for the update on this. Awesome.

  • justinjabs

    Proud to be a part of it and thanks for doing it.

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  • DocPeterWimsey

    Good on you, Brett!

  • Mikelach13

    Thanks for putting this together for the community, glad to be a part of it!

    Wow, she’s really tall! :-)

  • Danny Ballgame

    Good job Brett and good job BN community.

  • MoneyBoy

    To Brett, Luke and all of Bleacher Nation: Congrats to everyone!! It’s a wonderful thing for a community such as ours to do for a couple of deserving kids and their families!!

  • Sully

    Way to go Brett and everyone that contributed. You are all great people. God bless all of you. Very powerful stuff.

  • baldtaxguy

    Very special. Kudos.

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    • On The Farm

      Not the slow clap GIF I thought it was going to be. I am a little bummed. But great work fellow BNers!

      • mjhurdle

        poor Annie is going to lose it when she sees all these images and gifs.

  • mjhurdle

    Awesome job everyone and kudos to Brett for getting it going!

  • Myles

    Good stuff!

  • mjhurdle


  • Matthew

    “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “

    • Patrick W.

      “People donated money and they’d like to know where the money went, and they might be inspired to donate more money. Also when you are explicitly congratulating someone else for their generosity, it will likely inspire more generosity. Don’t be stupid.”

      • On The Farm

        Truly wise words to live by

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  • JR

    Congratulation to BN for a job well done! It was a privilege to be able to participate. Also than you to the Mrs. who drove the price up with her $$$ match!

  • swaz46

    Well done, Brett and BN. This is the best thing I’ve read in a while. Great work.

  • waffle

    thanks for making it so easy for us to make a diff.

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