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Volunteer Reflects on Nearly Two Decades of Granting WIshes

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For the past 17 years, I have been privileged to have one of the greatest volunteer positions as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation. My dedication to this role is simply because of the amazing people I am able to meet and connect with: the wish children and their families.

I was inspired to become a wish granter after a former student of mine became ill and was granted a wish from Make-A-Wish. Through our time together in the classroom, tutoring at home and in the hospital during treatments, I had become very close with her wonderful family. Her family was able to experience their favorite theme park, and they appreciated and truly loved the wish experience. Her family shared with me about a separate event they attended for wish families. It was then that I realized that I would love to be a part of such an amazing organization. I knew I wanted to begin training in hopes of becoming a volunteer, and primarily, a wish granter.

Karen Volunteer Make-A-WishI completely enjoyed my training and was given the great opportunity to grant my first wish, which was also a theme park wish. Throughout this remarkable experience, I was delighted with my wish child and his family.  It was evident how special they felt. Listening to them share about their trip made me feel grateful to be a minor part of their experience. They loved the theme park, and I still remember their joyful expressions as we looked through the pictures following the wish trip.

My wish-granting position is incredibly rewarding. Along with the theme park wishes, my wish kids have done other things that they hoped for, such as walking the runway, a gaming wish and meeting celebrities. I can’t say enough about the wish kids and their families: It’s all about them. 

The wish experience lets the families change their focus from doctors and hospitals to a place of pure enjoyment. I come away from each wish having learned so much, while growing as an individual. The wish kids are battling life-threatening illnesses, yet they demonstrate such courage and bravery. They truly are an inspiration to all. I believe in everything Make-A-Wish stands for, and my hope is to continue granting wishes for many years to come!

Want to read more about how volunteers and their skills help Make-A-Wish kids? Find out more in this blog post about Namine!

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