Natalia's wish to bring warmth to those in need

Wish kid Natalia

“Natalia understands how a wish has power. It’s why she is willing to share hers.”

Natalia's compassion for others is contagious. She does not let her fight against a brain tumor keep her from focusing on what matters most ‒ showing kindness to others.

When Make-A-Wish volunteers visit Natalia, she tells them she does not want the wish to be about her ‒ she wants to help other people. “Can I feed the hungry?” she asks her mom. Natalia understands how a wish has power. It’s why she is willing to share hers.

Natalia loves to cook with her mom and watch cooking shows. Her favorite foods are her mom’s stuffed peppers and cream of broccoli soup. The soup kept Natalia warm when the chemo made her feel cold.

“I am cold all of the time,” she admits. “Imagine how cold people without homes must be.”

When she finally makes her decision, Natalia wishes to work with a chef to create a soup that she can serve to people in need.  

"I would like to give people soup and blankets,” she says. “I don't want there to be hunger."

Making Natalia’s wish come true

Master Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, owner of Cincinnati’s Jean-Robert’s Table, invites the 10-year-old and her family to his restaurant to design a soup.

With the chef’s help, Natalia works with a variety of ingredients to create a hearty vegetable soup with mini-bowtie pasta (another favorite). “It needs a little kick,” Natalia tells chef. Jean-Robert agrees and he sprinkles in some cayenne pepper.

Natalia names her soup “Chef Natalia’s Soup of Love” to remind all who taste it that the most important ingredient is showing love to others.

Reflections on a giving wish

“What kind of ten-year-old kid wishes to feed the hungry and give the hungry blankets,” her father wonders, “when they get told they can pretty much have anything they want?”

“I am in awe of my granddaughter's strength and compassion!” Natalia’s grandmother says.

With her recipe in hand, Natalia talks about the next step in her wish

“I would like to be able to help serve it and know that many more people after will get to enjoy the soup.”

Weeks later, Natalia serves her soup and passes out new blankets to more than 150 homeless residents at the Drop Inn Center, Cincinnati's largest shelter. The evening is everything she hoped it would be, and more.

Natalia speaks eloquently and passionately about her wish. It’s a wish that “makes me feel warm inside.” She adds that she wants to help people in a way that goes on “forever-ever-ever-ever.”


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3 Comments

Shayla

Natalia - Your soup was amazing. I had it for lunch today and it really warmed me up. Thank you for your selfless act....the world is a much better place with your kindness and generosity. My prayers are with you and your family as you continue your battle with cancer.

February 17, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Nikki

I have no words...this is making me cry, and I don't cry easily. Such compassion and selflessness in a child with more problems to deal with than most adults. I'm going to be thinking about this for a long time. :)

March 13, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Sue H.

I was looking on-line for a hearty nutritious soup for the homeless. Our group, National Charity League provides food for our local Midnight Run efforts. I was so blown away by Natalia's selfless act to use her wish to help others. Thank you, Natalia! The soup is amazing!!

March 25, 2014 - 12:48 PM

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