The idea for Willow’s Fairy Wish began in March of 2016 when Willow, the daughter of Pedro Guimaraes, our founder, was diagnosed with leukemia.
During Willow’s treatment Pedro learned the vital role that families play in the lives of ill children. He also saw first-hand that financial pressure sometimes makes it impossible for a family to be at their child’s side.
This is Pedro and Willow’s story:
“After Willow got sick, I spent several months thinking about what she needed most. Eventually I realized that I needed to focus on what is most important to Willow during her treatment – having her family by her side. Except for a short period of behavioral change as she adjusted to being a cancer patient, Willow has been her normal self. I know that having her family around during these tough times has been a great help to Willow.
“Unfortunately I’ve seen that many kids in our children’s hospital don’t have a family member with them as much as the family and children would like – and need. Financial pressures (travel expenses and time away from work) get in the way of family support.
“This made me realize how lucky I am to have the financial stability to be able to be with my daughter whenever necessary. My goal is to help make this possible for others.
Of course, the big question is how to raise funds to help others?
“I did some soul searching and decided that my passion for music might finally fulfill some greater purpose. So, I got in touch with my friend Keb’ Mo’, a three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician. Keb’ agreed to do the first show before I could even finish explaining my vision. His concert will be a great first step.
“We want to help children who have been diagnosed with leukemia by providing high quality and meaningful musical experiences that bring joy to everyone involved and to raise funds to help these families.
“We hope that you join us in providing the means for families to spend more time with their children during challenging times.”
— Pedro Guimaraes, founder of Willow’s Fairy Wish