Erin and Wish kid Juan

Wish Mom Volunteers to Give Back

Erin became a Make-A-Wish Oregon Volunteer Wish Granter, after experiencing the power of a wish firsthand.

In 2014, Her daughter Ella battled cerebrovascular disease. Her heart’s biggest wish was to go on a Caribbean cruise with her family. This life-changing experience was so impactful, Erin wanted to give back to the organization that "reminded her family what joy felt like."  

“Make-A-Wish is about giving that child her power back when a horrible thing happens,” said Erin. “Getting sick wasn’t her fault, so to give her the power to have a wish, to do anything she wanted to do, letting her take control back… we are in gratitude. It reminded us what life was like before the stroke.” 

It warms my heart to see the power of a wish in action.

Since then, Erin has helped fulfill many local wishes, including Juan’s wish to go to Hawaii. She’ll never forget his sweet beaming smile on the day he came back home and gave her the biggest hug in the airport.  

“I think I was the happiest person in the airport,” said Erin. “It warms my heart to see the power of a wish in action. My heart is full after volunteering. The joy that the wish families bring me is ten times more than the joy I bring them.” 

Erin’s one true wish would be to become a full time wish granter, which is one of the many reasons why we love Erin and are so grateful for her big heart.