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My Reasons Why - Brian Miller

Brian and Carter
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 Marketing Manager, Brian Miller.
Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?

A: I truly believe that I was put on this earth to make a difference and I cannot think of any other way than by helping to transform the lives of local children battling critical illnesses. My first experience with Make-A-Wish was watching the ESPN – My Wish videos when I was attending college. Watching those stories unfold and witnessing the reaction that the children had when they met their sports idols was inspiring. After that, I knew that granting wishes is what I wanted to do.

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

A: I would have to say that the most rewarding experience for me has been the ability to build long-lasting relationships with so many of our wish kids and their families. I have been blessed to have been able to meet so many incredible wish kids and I think of them as my little brothers and sisters. I always say, once you become part of my “wish family” you’re always part of my “wish family”. I try to stay in touch with everyone and keep up with how they are doing post-wish. To hear their amazing stories and to see them progress through their treatments is one of the most remarkable things that I have ever experienced, and I love seeing how their wishes impacted them years later.

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

A: Witnessing firsthand how a wish can transform the lives of all that experience it. Whether it be a wish recipient, wish parent, sibling, volunteer, donor or staff, a wish transforms everyone who plays a part. The way that entire communities come together to fulfill a child’s one-true wish is one of the greatest things that I have ever see. Regardless of who you are or what you do, everyone can play a part and make a difference. So to see companies, corporations, sports teams, and everyday people - rally behind a child battling a critical illness – just fills my heart with joy. That is the true meaning of the power of a wish, and it is remarkable.

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Katie Woepke

Make-A-Wish is so special to our family but Brian is the best! We love him and love the connection he made with Noah. When Brian says "you become his wish family," he is not lying. Noah and Brian continue to have a relationship and his wish was over 2 years ago! Way to go Brian!!!!

August 08, 2018 - 11:59 AM

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