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Jan 24, 2014

Wish Granting: It's Rewarding, Not Sad

Whenever I tell someone I’m a volunteer wish granter, the most common response is “I could never do that, it’s so sad.” But really, it isn’t.

I can understand why people typically react that way, and I love that it gives me the opportunity to explain that, as wish granters, we get to bring happiness and hope to families who have been through some pretty unimaginable challenges.

I get to tell them that, thanks to advances in medicine and technology, most of our kids survive, and many of them credit the wish as being a turning point in their battle with a life-threatening medical condition.

Most people don’t realize the entire family participates in the wish, giving them an opportunity to relax and enjoy time together, returning to a sense of normalcy.

I can tell them all of these things, but the one thing I can never adequately share are the profound rewards I’ve received from my experience as a wish granter.

Keri R

I’ve volunteered on 10 wishes so far, and each child has touched my life in a unique way.

I’ve been given the title of “new best friend” from a little boy at our first meeting.

I’ve been given the opportunity to be a fairy godmother to a little girl battling cancer.

I’ve witnessed unconditional love, support, hope and human connection in a way that expanded my faith and understanding of just how incredible this world is.

Even in the one case where my wish kid passed away I was given the incredible gift of knowing that, while I have no control over the outcome of any given situation, I always have the power to do something good for someone NOW.

And that’s why I believe in the Make-A-Wish mission. Yes, we need doctors who work tirelessly and researchers committed to find cures. But with Make-A-Wish, we’re offering an immediate infusion of hope that truly does lead to healing.

And I can’t imagine anything happier than that.

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3 Comments

Ashley

Beautifully written! I especially love when you said, " while I have no control over the outcome of any given situation, I always have the power to do something good for someone NOW." I love our mission! Great post, Keri!

February 02, 2014 - 5:36 PM

Michael

My wife and I moved into our community 15 years ago. Soon after arriving, we read in the local paper that a teacher at the elementary school that our kids would go to had a granddaughter who was dying.

The granddaughter's wish was to see Britney Spears plus the family was in a dire situation financially.

Without knowing either the teacher or her family, my wife and I donated enough money to make the little girl's dream come true (thank you Britney) and to provide some financial relief for her family.

Unfortunately, the little girl died a short while after meeting Britney, however, it was an experience in being the person who did something for a complete stranger which has lasted for me all these years and has made Make-A-Wish my favorite charity.

April 08, 2014 - 7:21 AM

Nancy

Our local Maggiano's participates in the Make-A-Wish experience. My husband and I donate regularly mostly because of the joy we get from hearing the waiters and waitresses talk about their part in making a wish come true. Their faces light up, they talk with their hands, and the passion they have for the little kids is incredible. I totally agree with the author that this is not a downer, but a life affirming experience.

May 21, 2014 - 6:17 AM

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