By Jasmine Hsu
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Carmel-based Little Wish Foundation, founder Liz Niemiec released a children’s storybook, “Lizzy Girl and the Big Little Wish.”
“It’s a super colorful and whimsical story of a girl named Lizzy Girl who gets to make her own special wish but can’t figure out what to wish for,” Niemiec said. “While she’s spending so much time thinking she has to make a perfect wish, she ends up embarking on this really special journey that takes her and her dog, Dandy, across the country. Along the way, she realizes what’s more important and figures out a different wish, a special one.”
All book sales benefit the foundation.
“I always wanted all the proceeds to go back to Little Wish because the foundation has touched my life, and I want it to touch others,” Niemiec said.
Niemiec’s inspiration for starting the Little Wish Foundation goes back to her childhood, when teacher’s son, Max, was diagnosed with cancer at age 4..
“I watched him battle it and couldn’t believe someone younger than me was going through cancer. I didn’t believe that little kids could get cancer. I didn’t realize it was possible,” Niemiec said. “A few months before he passed away, he had one last wish, and that was to have a puppy. That puppy brought him a lot of joy and happiness, and I saw how much it meant to him. It forever changed my life, and it made me want to help other kids like Max, because I realized there are so many little kids going through what he did every day.”
Each month, the organization grants wishes to 14 children’s hospitals in seven states. In total, it has granted more than 2,500 wishes.
“I think that the message behind the book is to encourage kids to dream big but also to help others along the way to make the world a little bit better for other people,” Niemiec said. “Maintaining kindness and serving others throughout your life will ultimately be fulfilling.”
To preorder the book, visit littlewishfoundation.org/lizzy-girl-and-the-big-little-wish/.