Celebrating World Wish Day

Friday, April 29 marks World Wish Day® and the birthday of Make-A-Wish® America – one of the world’s leading children’s charities helping make wishes come true for kids with life-threatening illnesses. As THE destination to make birthday wishes come true, Toys“R”Us is partnering with Make-A-Wish to create awesome birthday moments for “Wish Kids” in select stores across the country. These birthday boys and girls will receive the ultimate birthday celebration in their respective communities, complete with a $250 gift card, Geoffrey Birthday Club package, delicious treats, themed activities and so much more.

Click here to learn more about some of the Wish Kids we are celebrating on World Wish Day 2016.

How You Can Help Make Wishes Come True This World Wish Day

On Friday, April 29, Toys“R”Us will host a one day only social media fundraising initiative benefitting Make-A-Wish, during which the company will donate $1 to the organization (up to $25,000) for every retweet of a special #AwesomeBirthday @Toysrus tweet. Follow us on Twitter and help make kids' wishes come true.

Toys“R”Us & Make-A-Wish America

For nearly 20 years, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund have partnered with Make-A-Wish America to help fulfill wishes for hundreds of kids throughout the U.S. facing life-threatening medical conditions. A visit to Toys“R”Us is a top request for many Wish Kids, and throughout the year, Toys“R”Us stores nationwide host celebratory shopping events for these inspiring children. In addition to these very special outings, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund have supported the mission of Make-A-Wish with more than $3 million to help even more children experience the magic of a wish.

Meet a few of the awesome Wish Kids we are honoring this World Wish Day:

Atlanta – Hope and Faith:

Meet Hope and Faith, twin sisters who are both battling a rare chromosomal abnormality called Koolen DeVries Syndrome and are at risk for SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy). They will celebrate their 9th birthdays this month and to make it even more exceptional, Make-A-Wish will reveal that they will both receive the wish of a lifetime during their extraordinary day at Toys“R”Us. Faith loves treehouses and dreams of having her own “super special” one even going as far as researching and creating a list of everything that would make it the most awesome place just for her.  Hope has always enjoyed looking at old family photos; some of her favorites are of the Alaskan trip her parents and brother took. Hope’s wish is to make similar memories with her family by taking a trip together to Alaska.

Washington, D.C. – Eli:

Eli, who will turn 10 this year, has been battling a blood disorder. He’s dreamed of having a LEGO clubhouse – a place where he can play with and display his LEGO creations. Eli will get just that when his wish is revealed on World Wish Day during his Toys“R”Us celebration event, where he will also get to stock up on the coolest building sets while he is in-store.

Houston – Mason:

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in January 2015, Mason will turn 10 this month. When Mason was given the opportunity to have his wish come true, he knew Hawaii was the perfect choice. Fascinated by the volcanoes, beaches, waves, flowers and everything else Hawaiian, he wants to experience the island with his family and utilize his “bionic leg” to hang glide, swim, surf and explore. Mason will learn that his dream is not just a wish, but that it will become a reality when his wish is revealed during his #AwesomeBirthday event on April 29.

Los Angeles – Nico:

Meet Nico, who at the age of 6 was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer. This month he will celebrate his 8th birthday. During his time in the hospital, Niko built LEGO sets to help stay occupied and keep his mind off treatments. When he found out he was eligible for a wish, he knew his ultimate trip would be to go to LEGOLAND. Nico’s wish will be revealed on April 29 at Toys“R”Us, he will get to stay at the LEGOLAND hotel so he can build, play and ride the LEGOLAND train! 

Chicago – Julio

Julio, who will turn 4 this month, has a smile that can brighten up any room. Born prematurely, he suffered an intestinal infection which required him go through intensive surgery. The doctors warned that he may never talk or walk. Defying all of the odds, Julio is not only learning to communicate verbally, he has started to become a little chatter box!  His wish is to have the biggest birthday party ever and his oversized celebration will start when it is revealed at Toys“R”Us on World Wish Day.

Dallas – Mason

Battling an uncontrollable seizure disorder most of his life, Mason is turning 4 this year. A true inspiration to all children, he has not let the disorder stop him from enjoying the things he loves, like playing with his brothers, reading books, climbing and his favorite – running around outside. Mason’s one true wish is to have a fort in his backyard which can be used as a super special “family hideout.” On April 29 at his local Toys“R”Us store, Mason will receive of the biggest surprise an outdoor loving kid could dream of – details about his very own customized fort!

New Jersey/New York – Jeiden

This month Jeiden is turning 7 and he will receive the coolest wish – meeting Optimus Prime! He would like to share the story behind his wish: “Hi, my name is Jeiden. I have cancer and made a wish to meet Optimus Prime. I have watched all his movies over and over again. I would like to meet him because he is my favorite Transformer. He always beats the Decepticons.  His voice is cool and I like when he says, ‘Autobots roll out.’ I also want to meet him because I would like to see how big he is compared to me.” On April 29, Jeiden will learn his greatest wish is coming true during a wish reveal at Toys“R”Us.