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From Father to Wish Dad - Kelly

Jaiden & Kelly

We invite you to read what local wish dads are saying, as they have seen the life-affirming mission of Make-A-Wish firsthand. Fathers like Kelly, whose daughter experienced the sheer joy a wish can bring when she received her wish to have a professional dance photoshoot with Sharkcookie Photography.
What impact would you say Jaiden’s wish had on you and your family?

Jaiden's wish gave her hope for the first time in a long time. For years of dealing with doctors, hospitals, tests, and scans, Jaiden's life was full of uncertainty and disappointment, but having the opportunity to be involved with Make-A-Wish was a huge uplifting experience for her. It gave her hope and the strength to persevere through every obstacle. She became more focused on becoming better and interested in doing other things. She wanted to focus on giving back and helping children just like her. She wanted get better faster, so she could experience her wish to the fullest of it's potential. This inspired her. She became her own person again. She stopped letting her condition define her, and she regained her freedom. This in turn was an incredible relief to her mother and me. Jaiden's optimism changed our whole family's outlook on life. 

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

I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization. The people involved are some of the best individuals I have ever been associated with. They know what a life-changing experience this is for the children, and they do whatever they can possible to make it incredible. I am thankful, and feel privileged to be a "wish dad"!

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

There is nothing more important than inspiring and giving hope to a child that with a critical illness. Make-A-Wish is not just a trip or a one time experience. It is about transforming a child’s life forever, with an incredible experience. If you as an individual can give any of your time to volunteer or donate items, services and money, I will guarantee you will be rewarded with such an incredible feeling of satisfaction and peace that it is worth 10x fold of whatever you give.

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

Wishes have the power to change or even save your child’s life. This is not just a trip or present, it is a life-changing experience that cannot be duplicated. It is a reward that will change the lives of the child and the family, which will be with them forever.

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