Make-A-Wish answers the pipes' call to Ireland

Make-A-Wish Connecticut has worked for 30 years to grant the wishes of local kids, but none of it would be possible without the help of everyone within the community. As the need for wishes grows, so does the need for your continued generosity. With 70% of wishes involving air travel, the miles you donate will be extremely beneficial for the Wish Kids in your community. The HAN Network is proudly supporting Make-A-Wish Connecticut with the HAN Network Wishes in Flight Campaign. With a goal of 300,000 donated airline miles during April, you can help make travel wishes come true.

Peter Monks of Trumbull was enjoying a picnic with his family when he received a blow to his abdomen that resulted in his being rushed to the hospital. During medical treatments for his injury, Peter’s family learned he had a cancerous tumor.

At only 8 years old, Peter’s whole life had changed.

Peter has always been proud of his Irish heritage and plays the bagpipes as a way to stay connected to his family’s roots. It was thanks to the countless stories his grandfather has shared with him about Ireland and their family’s history that Peter has always dreamed of one day traveling to his family’s homeland. So when Peter was asked by Make-A-Wish volunteers what his one true wish would be, he knew this was his chance. Peter wished to go to Ireland.

Peter and his family knew that a trip of this caliber would take time to plan, so Peter had no idea when his school community rallied together to give him a great surprise. At a school assembly in late March, Peter’s principal announced that the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band was going to play the bagpipes and drums for the students. After a short concert, one of the bagpipe players and Peter’s bagpipe teacher called Peter up on stage, in the hope that he would join them and play.

Peter proudly played a short song, during which he was then surprised with his family joining him on stage. His volunteer wish granters brought out balloons and a sign that read, “Your wish has been granted. You’re going to Ireland!” The room filled with cheers and applause from faculty and students.

Peter’s mother was brought to tears while thanking the students and faculty for the overwhelming support. Peter’s entire family is thrilled to see that Peter’s wish will come true when he travels to Ireland this summer.

“We’re really looking forward to the trip to Ireland,” Peter’s father said. “We really are grateful to the people at Make-A-Wish, Trumbull Public Schools, and the people of Trumbull and Fairfield who came together and made this day really special for Peter.”

Peter and his family will be taken to the airport in a limousine and fly off to Ireland, where they will tour castles in the Irish countryside and visit the capital city of Ireland, Dublin.

The trip Peter always dreamed of one day taking will finally come true.

To help Make-A-Wish Connecticut continue its mission of bringing hope, strength and joy to our local communities, donate your unused airline miles to help make wishes like Peter’s come true this summer. There are more than 100 Connecticut kids just like Peter who are waiting for their wishes to come true.

You may donate unused Delta or United miles directly to the HAN Network Wishes in Flight Campaign by visiting CT.WISH.ORG/HANNetwork, which will help Connecticut Wish Kids reach their dream destinations.

JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and  American Airlines also accept airline miles donations that support Make-A-Wish through their mile donation programs, which can be contributed through their individual websites.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  Wish-come-true experiences can do wonders by providing a much-needed break from lengthy hospital stays and medical treatments. They give back to a child what a serious medical condition can take away — the chance to simply enjoy being a kid. Wish kids choose something that will inspire happiness and allow them to spend precious time with their families. The Connecticut chapter has made more than 2,500 wishes come true since its inception in 1986. Learn more about Connecticut wishes at, or join Make-A-Wish on Facebook (search Make-A-Wish Connecticut) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@MakeAWishCT).