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A Child's Wish (1997)

A family discovers their youngest daughter has cancer. But the real struggle has yet to start.


Waris Hussein


Susan Nanus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Ed Chandler
Tess Harper ... Joanna Chandler
Anna Chlumsky ... Missy Chandler
Sarah Chalke ... Melinda
Karl David-Djerf Karl David-Djerf ... Scott
Bob Morrisey
Kevin McNulty ... Robbie
Bill Clinton ... Self
David Lewis ... Rick
Janine Cox Janine Cox ... Karen
Aurelio DiNunzio Aurelio DiNunzio ... Hank (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Merrilyn Gann ... Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros Eva De Viveiros ... Jenny
Freda Perry Freda Perry ... Lucille
Michael St. John Smith ... Bailey


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 the United States of America, 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.


Biography | Drama | Sport


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This film based on the story of Dixie Yandle, a young girl who died from cancer in Marietta, Ga. See more »

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Wonderful movie!
2 January 2005 | by aruznamSee 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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21 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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A Fight for Justice See more »

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1.33 : 1
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