A Child's Wish (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  21 January 1997 (USA)
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A family discovers their youngest daughter has cancer. But the real struggle has yet to start.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Chandler
Joanna Chandler
Missy Chandler
Karl David-Djerf ...
Janine Cox ...
Aurelio Dinunzio ...
Merrilyn Gann ...
Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros ...
Freda Perry ...


Based loosely on the story of Melissa Weaver,who at age 10,contracted a rare form of cancer. Her father loses his job when he takes too much time away from work to care for his family during this difficult period.Enraged, both Melissa and her father decide to fight to change the law which allowed him to be fired in the first place. A primary role came in the form of the President Of USA, Bill Clinton, who signed the Family and Medical Leave Act thus ensuring no other family would have to go through what the Weavers did. Written by mahajanssen

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Cancer killed her. But not before she made a change.


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Release Date:

21 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fight for Justice  »

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Towards the end the main character get to meet the president of the United States. The scene was shot inside the real Oval Office of the White House and Bill Clinton appeared as himself. The first time in history a serving US president willingly appears as himself in a fictitious story. See more »

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Wonderful movie!
2 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie twice and I cried throughout both times I watched. It's very touching and teaches you to appreciate life. All actors played their parts very well but Missy's and her dad's roles were especially remarkable. In some way it reminded me of "Forrest Gump" movie where forest lost his mom to cancer as well. I think Bill Clinton did a wonderful job appearing in this movie and I respect him for that. It would be even better if he appeared with his wife and daughter, Hillary and Chelsea. I disagree with one of the comments that it should not be shown to kids. I think children of all ages should learn from Missy's experience that life is not all fun and joy, but also struggle.

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