A little about who we are and what we do...
We are a registered 501c3 created in memory of my daughter Whitley Sue Hedger, who died March 30, 2015 from a deadly pediatric brain tumor called DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
Our goals are based on wishes that Whitley had for things close to her heart. During Whitley's illness we were fortunate enough to have the support of our wonderful community in Edwardsville, Illinois. One of our goals is to give back to our community by supporting local schools, parks and animal rescue organizations. We also reach out to area families affected by pediatric cancer to offer support. During Whitley's treatment, she was especially touched by the other sick children that weren't doing as well as she was. She wanted so badly to make a difference for them, to somehow make them feel better. Out of this desire I decided to make "Whitley's Tutus" to donate to girls facing life threatening illnesses. Whitley's ultimate wish however was that "no-one ever get cancer." It is our hope that through our fundraising efforts we will be able to provide support for research and ultimately help find a cure for this horrible disease and that through a cure for DIPG, advancements in other cancer treatments will be made possible as well.
1. That no one ever get cancer! Since donating $20,000 to the Cure Starts now, we are officially members of the DIPG Collaborative!
2. Throw like a girl! We have donated more than $10,000 to the city of Edwardsville for park improvements at Sam Vadalabene Softball fields and new catching equipment for the city softball league!
3. Dance your booty off! We have given a $500 scholarship each year to a deserving student at Rena's Dance Unlimited, where Whitley danced since she was 3 years old!
4. Take care of those less fortunate than you! Each year we sponsor an event held by the Madison County Humane Society to raise money to care for homeless and abandoned animals. At Christmastime we donate money, gift cards and gifts to area families and nursing home residents in need and we hold a toy drive for children at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
If you would like to help make Whitley's Wishes come true, please donate today!
I am a mother of 4 including Whitley and founder of Whitley's Wishes. My hope is that through our efforts we are able to provide hope to families affected by the horrible monster that is DIPG.
I am a mom of 2 from Edwardsville, Illinois.
Being a part of Whitley's Wishes is a great honor. Whitley had a special place in my heart. I am here for the fight against DIPG...1 was too many!