In 2005, Teen Cancer Patient Mikey Friedman Gave Away His “Wish” To Help Other Kids Cope With Cancer; Today His Legacy of Giving Has Served More Than 8K Young Patients.
Mikey’s Way Continues To Help Kids Cope With Cancer By Providing Portable Wi-Fi Ready Electronics To Sick Children in Need of Escape From The Fear, Boredom, And Isolation of Long-Term Treatment.
As the excitement of the holiday season swirls around us, it is good to have reminders of what the spirit of giving is all about.
Mikey Friedman was 15 years old in 2005 when he learned that his rare and aggressive pediatric cancer had returned. Make-A-Wish Connecticut reached out to him, ready to make his dream come true. But Mikey’s dream was to “give” rather than “get.” He became the first recipient in the Connecticut chapter’s history to give away their wish.
Despite a frightening and uncertain future, Mikey was determined to make a difference in the lives of other kids with cancer. So, he loaded a cart full of portable electronics and personally delivered them to sick children desperate for a way to escape the fear, boredom and isolation of their hospital beds. Thus, the first Mikey’s Way Day was born.