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My Reasons Why - Haley Womble

Haley and Gwen
Meet the faces behind the mission. We sat down with the individuals behind the scenes to find out why they chose to dedicate their time and talent to granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Today's spotlight focuses on Executive Assistant, Haley Womble.

Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish? 

A: Who wouldn’t want to work for Make-A-Wish?? I came from another nonprofit organization and was looking for a new opportunity. Not only is this an amazing organization that does such impactful work, but it felt like the right fit – and so far, it has been! I could not be more thankful to have such a rewarding job.

Q: What is the most rewarding experience you've had with Make-A-Wish? 

A: Separate from my job responsibilities, I also volunteer as a wish granter; and have now served as a wish granter for five wish kids – each with their own, unique wish.  To see the impact that a wish can have on a child and their family is beyond-words-rewarding.  It gives the child hope, gives them something to look forward to.  Sometimes it offers a break from hospitals and treatments, and sometimes it offers a celebration of remission!  Wherever a wish kid is in their journey with critical illness, to have their one, true wish come true, with their family by their side, has an unforgettable impact that lasts a lifetime.

Q: What has been your favorite part in working with Make-A-Wish?

A: I love getting to hear about all the different types of wishes!  I love that each child is unique, and his or her process of choosing a wish is just as unique!  I love that some wish kids know exactly what they want the moment they qualify for a wish, and some have to think very hard about what their one, true wish is.  A wish is such a magical experience – if you could go anywhere, be anyone, have anything, meet anyone – and knowing that the work I do each day contributes, in some way, to that magic … it’s all I could ever wish for.

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