Giving Back for Alan
After Make-A-Wish granted their son Alan a wish, Judy and Edward wanted to ensure that other families could also feel the Power of a Wish. Hoping to spread this joy to others, they began volunteering as wish granters to give back to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas.
“We love the opportunity to make each wish and send-off party the very best it can be,” they said, “It is our honor to meet the kids and really help them figure out their one true wish and then work to make it so much more than they ever dreamed.”
Through granting wishes, both Judy and Edward have personally felt the weight of the impact a wish has on a child. One of the most memorable wishes Judy granted was for a little boy who met the real Cookie Monster from Sea World during his wish party. “Friends and relatives came to the party to say goodbye to him and he passed away a short time after the party,” Judy said. “It touched the hearts of everyone to see him laying against Cookie Monster as Cookie monster sat on the floor and held him.”
Knowing how rewarding it is to be on both the receiving and giving ends of a wish, Judy and Edward were humbled to see their son follow in their footsteps and become a wish granter himself: “We loved seeing him go full circle from receiving a wish to granting wishes.”
Volunteers like Judy and Edward are essential to Make-A-Wish. Without their help, Make-A-Wish would not be able to reach its goal of granting the wish of every eligible child. The passion and energy Judy and Edward contribute are vital to the spread of hope, strength, and joy. “We pray for all of the Wish Kids,” they said, “and hold them in our hearts forever.”