Eric's Heroes: Jane Hamel and the Wishing Tree

SEATTLE -- It's a story about a tree, true.

But mostly it's a story about us. About what's inside of us. About our fondest desires.

A woman named Jane Hamel lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. She set out little cards and Sharpies next to a giant tree outside of her home.

She invited people to write down their wishes. What they wanted most in life.

And the most amazing thing happened. In no time at all there were thousands of wishes hanging from the tree. Heartfelt longings, beautiful little meditations on life. Silly things. Profound things.

Tonight's story is of Jane Hamel's Wishing Tree, and what it reveals about human beings. It airs Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

Editor's Note: "Eric's Heroes" is a weekly series airing every Wednesday on KOMO News in the 6 p.m. newscast. If you have a good story about a good person doing good things for the right reasons, share it with Eric by sending an email to

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