|A Child's Wish|
|Written by||Susan Nanus|
|Directed by||Waris Hussein|
|Starring|| John Ritter |
President Bill Clinton
|Music by||Stacy Widelitz|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producers|| Michelle MacLaren |
|Cinematography||Henry M. Lebo|
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Production company||O'Hara-Horowitz Productions|
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Ritter portrays Ed Chandler, a father who is fired from his job for taking time off to tend to his 16-year-old daughter Missy (Chlumsky), who is battling cancer. Rather than accepting his dismissal, Ed decides to fight back. With the help of a United States senator, he lobbies the United States Congress and is the stimulus to passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Because Missy's cancer is life-threatening, she is visited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and she wishes to go to the White House, visit the Oval Office, and hopefully see President Bill Clinton. Although Make-A-Wish is not so sure if they can grant her wish, in the end she does in fact get to visit the Oval Office and meet President Bill Clinton, playing himself in a cameo appearance.
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