Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?
A: I have always loved the Make-A-Wish mission. When I was in college, my dream job was to work for Disney and plan the Make-A-Wish trips to the Disney parks in Orlando (although I later found out this job doesn’t exist). I had the chance to work at Disney through the Disney College Program and while I was there, I visited a magical place called Give Kids The World (GKTW). GKTW is the village where wish families stay if their child chooses to travel to Disney World for their wish. It was life-changing to meet wish families and hear about their stories and to be able to have a small impact while they were on their wish trip. Meeting the wish families in Orlando really stuck with me and a few years later, I decided to become a volunteer wish granter for Make-A-Wish. As a volunteer, I became very passionate about our mission and decided that I really wanted to make a career change and work for the foundation.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had with Make-A-Wish?
A: I still volunteer as a wish granter in my free time and it is by far the most rewarding part of my involvement in the organization. As a wish granter, you are an integral part of making the child’s one true wish come to life. I have been able to help grant many unique wishes including an ultimate gaming room, a castle playground, and a wish to meet Barney! Seeing the excitement that the wish brings to the child and their family is one of the best experiences.
Q: What has been your favorite part in working with Make-A-Wish?
A: My favorite part of working for Make-A-Wish is being able to make a difference in the lives of kids who are going through so much. It’s wonderful to be a part of a foundation that gives children battling critical illnesses the chance to be a kid again and to forget about all the pokes, prods, and hospital visits for a little bit.