Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?
A: I wanted to work for Make-A-Wish because of the families that we serve. Everyone relates differently to our families – a mom looks a wish family’s situation differently than a sibling does and differently than another wish child. As a pediatric leukemia survivor myself, I believe I look at our wish families a little differently than most. I’ve been there and seen it all – the hospital stays, the countless port accesses, the beeping monitors, the nasty oral medications, and so much more. I wanted to serve Make-A-Wish because I am serving families like mine! My hope is that my experiences as a pediatric cancer survivor will help our wish families battle whatever diagnosis has struck their family. I hope that my “full circle story” inspires our wish kids to battle their diagnoses like the tough cookies I know they are, to go on to lead happy and healthy lives, and to pursue their dream career like I have.
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 has been forming relationships with our families. I’ve grown close to multiple wish families, and they make me feel like a part of their family! I get to watch wish kids grow up as their moms or dads send me updates on their illness(es) or how they are doing in school. Being able to watch our wish kids conquer their critical illnesses and grow into little mini adults along the way is such a cool experience! While there has not been one pivotal experience that has been the most rewarding, all of these relationships I am forming along the way are beyond rewarding! Just like our wishes, I think they truly are life changing!
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 serve such a wonderful mission! Waking up every morning for work truly excited about serving our mission is such a special feeling. Sometimes there are long days and long nights, but that’s all okay because at the end of the day, we are working to grant the wish of every eligible child. I have loved taking my passion for serving Make-A-Wish in college as a Chi Omega to serving Make-A-Wish as an employee. Being a part of such a life-changing process is the biggest blessing! I love knowing that our entire staff is pushing toward that one common goal of making each wish as magical as possible. It’s proof that we all want to serve the mission to the best of our abilities.