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My Reasons Why - Ashley Vahrenhold

Ashley and Wish Kid
Meet the faces behind the mission. We sat down with the individuals behind the scenes to find out why they chose to dedicate their time and talent to granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Today's spotlight focuses on Senior Wish Coordinator, Ashley Vahrenhold.

Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?

A: I decided to work for Make-A-Wish after I was an intern back in 2015. I interned with the Mission Delivery team to get a feel for the non-profit world. After that internship, I went back to Western Kentucky University in the fall and decided that my future plans would include non-profit. I fell in love with the non-profit world. From making an impact on a wish kid and family that deserves it the most, to hearing the joy in a wish parent’s voice when they hear that their child is going to get a wish 😊 I knew when I graduated that I would love to return to this chapter and start my career. I applied for a position in the department I interned for, and the rest is history! Now, daily, I get to make a difference in the lives of those throughout my community. I couldn’t ask for a better job.  

Q: What is the most rewarding experience you've had with Make-A-Wish?

A: The most rewarding experience I have had with Make-A-Wish took place in March of 2018. I was a Wish Coordinator and Wish Granter for a wish kid who lived miles away from my childhood home. My fiancé and I had the pleasure of meeting this family, and they were so very grateful for our organization. We talked for hours about his wish and developed a true friendship. We talked about some of his favorites: Lebron James, Disney World, Universal Studios, playing baseball, and so much more. He decided on Disney World and Universal Studios, and we knew that our enhancement would have to include some Lebron James swag 😊 We delivered the wish packet and enhancement and watched him open two Lebron James shirts with a smile on his face. That smile quickly turned to tears of joy and a huge hug. I will never forget that embrace, and the words “thank you” constantly coming out of his mouth! It was a moment I will never forget. 

Q: What has been your favorite part in working with Make-A-Wish?

A: My favorite part of Make-A-Wish is knowing that every morning when I wake up, I know that I get to put a smile on a wish kid’s face. A smile that was taken away from them when they were sick, and we get to give it back. 😊 We get to put a little joy back into their life. Even if it is just for a couple of days.

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