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From Mother to Wish Mom - Marisa

Marisa and Milo

We invite you to read what local wish moms are saying, as they have seen the life-affirming mission of Make-A-Wish firsthand. Mother’s like Marisa, whose son experienced the thrill of a lifetime when he played ball with St. Louis Cardinals star Carlos Martinez.

Q: What impact would you say Milo's wish had on you and your family?

A: Spending days in a hospital room, you have time to analyze various what-ifs. For me, one of those was what long-term effect everything would have on Milo’s outlook on life. Now, when people are finding out about his cancer and wish experience, he only focuses on the wish. He’s not letting cancer define him and that, for a parent, is a huge relief. His wish allowed him to shift his focus to the positive.  

Q: Now that you’ve seen firsthand the mission of Make-A-Wish, what do you think it means to be a “wish mom”?

A: For me, being a mom means being a planner – from lunches and after school activities to birthday parties and family vacations.  When your child receives the diagnosis of a critical illness, regular day-to-day planning ceases and you are forced to surrender your control. When the conversations about your child’s wish begin, it allows you to plan for something beyond the next doctor’s appointment or the next scan or the next test.  It allows you to think about being on the other side of the disease and celebrating the battle. It allows you hope.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support Make-A-Wish?

A: Seeing the generosity of strangers has an immeasurable impact on a child. There is a quote that has even more meaning in today’s world: ‘People talk about leaving the planet a better place for our kids, but we also need to leave better kids for our planet.’ By supporting Make-A-Wish, you are investing generosity in the next generation. 

Q: If you had to tell outsiders one thing about the power of a wish, what would it be?

A: With a wish, a child can replace their fear and worry with excitement and pure happiness. A wish can truly change the trajectory of a child’s life.


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