Ed and Judy Kramer have been volunteering for Make-A-Wish for more than 15 years. They were inspired to get involved after their youngest son, Alan, was granted his wish to go golfing in Scotland in 2002.
Judy told her chapter, Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas, “We saw the power of a wish first-hand with Alan and knew we wanted to see that spark in other kids with critical illnesses.”
Alan became a volunteer, too, as soon as he turned 18.
I had the pleasure of emailing with Judy last week while she and Ed were traveling on a mission trip. Here’s what she shared with me about how volunteering with Make-A-Wish has brought renewed closeness and love into her family:
Alan knew he wanted to go to Scotland to golf for his wish, and he was allowed to bring one friend with him. He chose to bring his brother Eddie.
Alan was very sick at the time he received his wish, but he was determined to walk the golf courses, despite his debilitating arthritis. He was given a caddy at each course, and he was able to complete 18 holes each day. After each round of golf, we would return to the hotel and Alan would go to bed so he could make it through another round the next day.
We see this kind of determination in every wish kid we meet today.
Alan is married now. He and his wife, Carmen, granted wishes while they attended Baylor University, and they have continued to do so in their adult lives.
Our family feels like we have come full circle from Alan receiving a wish to all of us becoming wish granters. We believe so much in the power of a wish. Ed and I grant every wish in our territory – we take care of all the wish kids in Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne and other small communities in the Texas Hill Country area – and we help out with wishes in San Antonio when needed.
We also send gifts and cards to our wish kids while they are waiting for their wishes to be granted. We always make sure wish kids have fantastic send-off parties by asking restaurants and stores to contribute. We simply want each wish kid to feel that his or her wish was everything they ever dreamed it could be, and then some.
We love granting wishes and helping to make dreams come true for these amazing wish kids. We fall in love with each child and strive to make their experience one they will never forget.
We know how hard it is to have a child with a critical illness, and we understand the very real struggles these families are facing. We are so blessed to be able to let them know there is a light at the end of a long tunnel.
BECOME A WISH GRANTER! Make-A-Wish trains wish volunteers to help children identify their most heartfelt wish, and then bring the experience to life. Visit your local chapter’s website to learn more about its volunteer needs. FIND MY LOCAL CHAPTER
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