Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?
A: I decided I wanted to work for Make-A-Wish after volunteering at a children’s hospital in Georgia when I was in college. I was spending the day with a little girl who was going through treatment, and we were just talking about different things, trying to distract her from all the devices that she was hooked up to. Her dad ended up mentioning that she got to go on a Disney cruise a few months back for a Make-A-Wish trip and asked if I wanted to see some photos. I said yes, and the little girl got on her dad’s phone and started showing me all kinds of pictures from her trip. She absolutely lit up when she was talking about it, and I could tell that she no longer noticed that she was in the hospital – she was transported back to the cruise and didn’t have a care in the world. I’d heard of Make-A-Wish before, but that was the first time I got to meet a wish kid. Seeing the joy in her eyes led me to go home that night and look up Make-A-Wish careers.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had with Make-A-Wish?
A: The most rewarding experience I’ve had with Make-A-Wish so far was a phone call with a wish mom. She called me after her family returned from their wish and told me how special their trip was, and how much all the extras provided by us and our partners meant to them. She was in tears because she was just so grateful for the experience, and for what we had done for her kiddo. It was a really sweet moment.
Q: What has been your favorite part in working with Make-A-Wish?
A: I think my favorite part of working for Make-A-Wish is the fact that I know that what I’m doing matters. Working towards our mission of granting the wish of every eligible child is such a fulfilling thing. I honestly feel lucky that I get to play a part in making the most deserving kids’ dreams come true.