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Wish Granted by Make-A-Wish® with Don Yaeger (Excerpt)

Wish Granted by Make-A-Wish® with Don Yaeger (Excerpt)

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“Those kids are my heroes and by actively deciding to help them continue their fight with a little more hope, you’re one of my heroes, too.”—Michael Jordan, from the Introduction

Poignant stories from this nation’s best loved athletes include Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, John Cena, Bethany Hamilton, Danica Patrick, Tony Hawk, the New England Patriots, and many more.

Imagine a seriously ill child who gets to make one wish . . . and that wish is to meet you. How would you measure up? Wish Granted shows how twenty-five of the most celebrated professional athletes of all time answered this question by sharing what it is like to transform the lives of Make-A-Wish kids. You will find out that these wishes are game changers, not just for the kids . . . for the athletes themselves. Some, like record-breaking gold medalist Michael Phelps, discover the tremendous impact wish kids have had on wish granters’ perspectives, on their understanding of real strength, and on how we all want to live our lives.

Sports fans will be thrilled to get an insider’s look into the deeply personal moments of their favorite superstars, and every reader will find inspiration in the amazing gift of human connection.
“Those kids are my heroes and by actively deciding to help them continue their fight with a little more hope, you’re one of my heroes, too.”—Michael Jordan, from the Introduction

Poignant stories from this nation’s best loved athletes include Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, John Cena, Bethany Hamilton, Danica Patrick, Tony Hawk, the New England Patriots, and many more.

Imagine a seriously ill child who gets to make one wish . . . and that wish is to meet you. How would you measure up? Wish Granted shows how twenty-five of the most celebrated professional athletes of all time answered this question by sharing what it is like to transform the lives of Make-A-Wish kids. You will find out that these wishes are game changers, not just for the kids . . . for the athletes themselves. Some, like record-breaking gold medalist Michael Phelps, discover the tremendous impact wish kids have had on wish granters’ perspectives, on their understanding of real strength, and on how we all want to live our lives.

Sports fans will be thrilled to get an insider’s look into the deeply personal moments of their favorite superstars, and every reader will find inspiration in the amazing gift of human connection.

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Published by: HarperOne (an imprint of HarperCollins) on Apr 17, 2014
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Contents
Michael Jordan:
 Introduction
1
Michael Phelps:
 Seeing Dreams and Wishes Coming True
10 
Ken Griffey, Jr.:
 You Can’t Say No
20 
 John Cena:
 Up for the Fight
28 
 Jimmie Johnson:
 Racing for Smiles
40 
Bethany Hamilton:
 The Blessing of Joy
48 
Kurt Warner:
 Building Relationships for the Entire Family
56
Luis Gonzalez:
 Giving Children a Sense of Ownership
64
Grant Hill:
 The Experience Will Change You
72 
Chris Petersen:
 Paying It Forward
80 
 Annika Sorenstam:
 Attitude Is Everything
90 
Scott Hamilton:
 The Gift of Memories
100 
Chipper Jones:
 Rising to the Challenge
108 
 
 vi
Evander Holyfield:
 Wishes Are Part of a Mission
116
Larry Fitzgerald:
 One Person Can Make a Difference— A Child Changed Me
122 
 Jim Kleinsasser:
 Every Child Deserves a Childhood
128 
Ricky Carmichael:
 It’s About Doing Right
134
Misty May- Treanor:
 Live in the Moment
140 
Barry Sanders:
 We Can All Do Something
148 
 Anthony Robles:
 Defying Expectations
154
Tim Hudson:
 Finding a Cause
162 
Tony Hawk:
 It’s All About Hope
17
Landon Donovan:
 Granting Wishes Makes Me Better
17
Danica Patrick:
 It’s All About Attitude
188 
The New England Patriots:
 A Team Responsibility
194
Epilogue
207 
Credits
209 
About Make- A- Wish
®
 
21
About Michael Jordan
211
About Don Yaeger
212
How It All Started
213
C O N T E N T S

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