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Jul 08, 2019

From College Student to Make-A-Wish Intern: Hannah Elzey

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I feel that Make-A-Wish is an organization that truly gives its employees the ability to make a difference in so many families lives. Children who are granted wishes experience something that changes their medical path. There are countless stories about wishes changing the mindsets of these children, ultimately making the battle less intimidating and allowing the child to feel more empowered.

We enter the child’s life at the most vulnerable time and ask them four things: If you could be anything, what would that be? If you could go anywhere, meet anyone, or receive anything, what would that be? When the child is granted their wish, they typically feel as if the impossible, like they once thought their wish was, is now possible. Battling these illnesses becomes something that these children can conquer with confidence because of their wish coming true.

Working at Make-A-Wish has made me want to continuously give back to the community any way possible. As an intern and as a college student, I can say with confidence that Make-A-Wish has entitled me to become more giving and caring than I was before coming into this. Being surrounded by employees that are continuously giving back to these families has molded me to become the person I’ve always dreamt of being, but it doesn’t stop here. I hope to continue to grow each day into a more giving person and Make-A-Wish is truly inspiring me to do just that. 

As a junior in college, I know I’m capable of a lot more than what I can currently do. At Make-A-Wish, our mission is to continuously change lives of children we serve, and I feel that as I’m dedicating my time and passion to Make-A-Wish, I’m also learning to be a better person. I’m learning how to continuously give back and change lives in positive ways. I know throughout my future I may not have the opportunity to help make wishes come true, but by interning at Make-A-Wish I’m realizing I’ll always be able to help whether it’s by working, interning, or volunteering. Any form of giving back to the community is something I will constantly be doing throughout my life.

Helping obtain media coverage of a wish reveal was my first task as an intern at Make-A-Wish. I was told to write a press release for this wish reveal and pitch it to media. As my first project, I was relatively overwhelmed, but it was so much more rewarding than I could’ve ever imagined. A whole community came together to rally around a wish kid and his father who is a first responder in this community. Tears were brought to my eyes when I saw the story on the news. I couldn’t believe that I was part of the organization who was making this child’s wish come true. I couldn’t believe that I was part of the organization who is going to forever impact this family’s life. Ultimately, I couldn’t believe I was able to make a difference by doing something I love. Wish reveals are incredibly special and I am so happy to be involved with an organization that is so driven to make a difference in lives of critically ill children and their families.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the reveal I wrote the press release for, but luckily, I was able to “relive” that moment by watching it air on television. This is a moment I will never forget. It was truly the first story I wrote and pitched to the media myself and the fact that it was for Make-A-Wish made it that much more memorable. I couldn’t believe that my first story at my first internship was aired on the news, and better yet, I couldn’t fathom that it was going to be a moment this family remembers for the rest of their lives. Having the opportunity to be an intern at one of the most well-known non-profits is something that I couldn’t have ever imagined, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. 

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