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.