Make-A-Wish Improves Children’s Quality of Life

Michael Quiel is the owner and president of Legend Advisory Corporation. In addition to his work at the consulting firm, Michael Quiel donates to several charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Inspired by the belief that granting the wishes of children with serious illnesses improves their recovery, Make-A-Wish fulfills a dream every 37 minutes in America. Becca is one beneficiary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s efforts. She was born with a heart defect that led to pulmonary hypertension, an illness that raises blood pressure and weakens cardiac muscles and lung arteries, eventually causing heart failure and possible death.

When she was nine, Make-A-Wish made it possible for Becca to have her own playhouse. She designed her own building, with a front porch, shuttered windows, and a gabled roof. Becca was thrilled at having the fairy tale-like cottage in her backyard, and called it the “silver lining” of the difficulties she endured. Now 22, she has a pacemaker and may receive a heart-lung transplant. Her nieces and nephews enjoy the playhouse now. Grateful for her granted wish, she shares her story whenever possible.

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