Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?
A: I knew I wanted to work for Make-A-Wish when I learned more in-depth about their mission. It was my last semester of my senior year of college in one of my journalism classes when we were shown the documentary film Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World. I was blown away and inspired when I saw the impact that a collective force of people could have when coming together for the same purpose. I had always heard of Make-A-Wish and was inspired by their mission, but I never thought about the possibility of working there and being a part of what I saw in the film. As someone who lost my father to cancer, I know firsthand the importance of having hope and joy through an experience and a community of people supporting you. I turned to my friend and said, “I want to work for Make-A-Wish.”
Q: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had with Make-A-Wish?
A: It’s hard to narrow down what the most rewarding experience has been. The times that I feel are the most rewarding usually come in the moments of wish reveals or wish days, seeing our wish kids’ faces light up and their parents smile with pure joy. It’s in those moments where I truly see how our organization impacts our families not once, but forever.
Q: What has been your favorite part in working with Make-A-Wish?
A: My favorite part of working here is having the opportunity to interview wish families and hear about the wish experience. The magnitude of the impact that a wish has on wish kids and families is often times too great to express fully in words. One of my favorite stories I have written was about a 7-year-old battling cancer who wished for a piano. She grew up, beating cancer and graduating with her master’s degree in piano teaching. Her wish was a domino effect, impacting others because of it. That’s why I love this job so much; our mission truly has a lasting impact on others—myself included.