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Jul 16, 2017


Cumberland boy’s wish granted thanks to Make-A-Wish MA/RI

WPRI-TV, Ch. 12

A Cumberland boy became the proud owner of a new ADA-accessible log cabin Sunday, thanks in part to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A “wish reveal” party took place Sunday morning for 6-year-old Evan Vaudry, who has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. The cabin was custom-designed for Vaudry, with personal touches from a sign on the front door reading “Evan’s Cabin,” to a front porch with two rocking chairs.

Jul 16, 2017


A wish come true: a six-year-old’s own little log cabin from Make-a-Wish

The Providence Journal

Six-year-year-old Evan Vaudry got a wish Sunday: a custom-made log cabin, complete with rocking chair, mailbox and plenty of room for sleepovers with friends. More than 30 friends, family and supporters were on hand Sunday at 19 Billington Circle as Evan sped his wheelchair down hill to the ADA-accessible cabin, tucked amid trees at the edge of the lawn.

Jun 26, 2017


Make-A-Wish Foundation raises $90K for sick children at golf event

WWLP-TV, Ch. 22

The Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted its annual golf classic at the Springfield Country Club, Monday. Thirty-seven teams tee’d off to raise $90,000 for 11 kids in western Massachusetts with life-threatening illnesses. The money goes towards special wishes the kids have. From backyard pools to Disney trips, it’s the mission of Make-A-Wish to instill hope in kids that they will keep fighting through their illnesses.

May 30, 2017

Westfield boy gets dinosaur-themed play shed thanks to Make-A-Wish

It was a day that Darren McQuade, 5, of Westfield, had wished for. With the help of the Make-A-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Foundation, his family, friends, and volunteers, it all came together. McQuade loves dinosaurs and dreamed of having a place where he could enjoy and call his own. A 10-by-16-foot play shed was recently placed in his backyard and decorated in colorful dinosaur wall murals.

May 24, 2017


Custom saddle fulfills Norwell teen’s wish

WickedLocal Norwell

Norwell resident Elizabeth Lambert loves Cookies and Cream, the two horses that live on her family’s property. But living with Dravet Sydrome, a rare and lifelong form of epilepsy, has limited the 16-year-old’s ability to ride and experience the animals. Thanks to Make-a-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, she’ll now be able to ride with more independence.

May 21, 2017


Westfield firefighters build child playhouse of his dreams

Wishes sometimes do come true for deserving children. Five year old Darren McQuade suffers from muscular dystrophy, and in a few years may be confined to a wheelchair. He has always wanted a dinosaur themed playhouse. An artist and a team of Westfield firefighters completed the work that the Make-a-Wish foundation had begun.

May 21, 2017

Western Mass News

Make-A-Wish reveals dinosaur-themed play shed for Westfield boy

Western Mass News

It was a special day for a young boy in Westfield as the Make-A-Wish Foundation revealed his brand-new dinosaur-themed play shed. Western Mass News brought you the story about Darren McQuade, a 5-year-old who battles Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

May 19, 2017


Julian Edelman Grants Make-A-Wish Madden Showdown at Patriots HQ

Imagine getting a personal tour of Patriots headquarters with Julian Edelman -- capped off with a Madden showdown in the STADIUM VIP CLUB! That's exactly what happened to 3 awesome kids on Thursday, by way of the Make-A-Wish Foundation ... and it was every bit as cool as it sounds! Edelman (it's really him, he's just beardless now) met up with Dante (8), Carlos (17) and Tyler (14) and granted their wish to hang with the Pats star.

May 19, 2017


Julian Edelman makes wishes come true this week

Julian Edelman ran down the field toward the end zone, barreling past the Seahawks defense and leaping over the line for a touchdown. He leapt up and high-fived his teammate, but instead of it being Tom Brady or Chris Hogan, Julian celebrated alongside 8-year-old Dante Polito.

May 12, 2017


Community working to make Westfield boy’s wish come true

WWLP-TV, Ch. 22

A community has gathered to make a Westfield boy’s wish come true. Five-year-old Darren McQuade will soon have his dream play shed right in his own backyard. Local firefighters and vendors have partnered with Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island to build and paint the shed.

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island
One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-9474
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Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, West Springfield Office
181 Park Avenue
Suite 12
West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 733-9474

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Providence Office
20 Hemingway Drive
East Providence, RI 02915
(401) 781-9474