So let’s take a look at some great stories we found elsewhere.
First up, we have Nova’s wish to be a rockstar. Her story on Madison.com shows the challenges of living with cystic fibrosis. It’s also a pitch-perfect example of how people can step forward to help grant wishes – from recording engineers to photographers. Wishes like Nova’s take all sorts of people, and all sorts of talent. Chances are, there’s a way for your local chapter to use your skills and time.
Next, we have a story that reminds us that wish kids sometimes put life’s milestones on hold. When their health is a priority, something like a quinceañera has to wait. Or medical treatments can stretch a family’s resources so much that it’s just not possible to throw a party. Make-A-Wish gave Gabriella the quinceañera celebration of her dreams – and gave her mother hope that Gabriella will reach more important moments in her life despite her heart condition.
Let's wrap it up with some NCAA Division II student-athletes who raise funds to grant wishes. My favorite part is the University of Montevallo Falcons baseball player who says meeting a Make-A-Wish kid and family last year motivated him to get more involved. The Falcons are one of the many Division II university sports programs that, last academic year, collectively set a new record by raising more than $500,000. Division II universities have supported Make-A-Wish since 2003, raising more than $3 million so far. This year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced plans to match all funds raised by NCAA Division II schools.