A Special Wish Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 and diagnosed as having a life- threatening disorder.
The Special Wish Foundation is continuing its work to help children who are battling ailments and who are in need of help from a caring community. Recently it completed a project to benefit 13-year-old Aaryn McAfee of Scio who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and deals with issues including blindness, seizures and autism. "We can make a life a lot easier for the parents to take care of, if there's anything we can do to help remedy that by making it more handicap-accessible for taking care of him," said Dr. John Mattox, president of the foundation's local chapter, serving sites in West Virginia and Ohio, and chair of the corporate office. "What we decided to do as an organization was do a mini-renovation of his bedroom." The renovation included amenities to better allow Aaryn to have increased mobility and otherwise circumvent inconveniences in his daily living. Mattox credited numerous individuals, organizations and businesses for donating their time and their products.
Whenever possible, immediate family members are included in the granting of wishes, to maximize the joy and memories for the child. A Special Wish Foundation offers their services to all qualifying children, and does not discriminate based on race, gender, nationality, or ethnicity.