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My Reasons Why - Mark Turnipseed

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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 Director of Philanthropy, Mark Turnipseed.

Q: Why did you decide to work for Make-A-Wish?

A: I have a true passion for kids and have always love the mission of Make-A-Wish.  I mean, I’m a kid at heart and it is devastating to see what our wish kids and families have to go through and potentially losing part of their childhood because of that.   My family has personally seen too many close friends hit with the unthinkable circumstance of dealing with critical illnesses and so anything we can do to make a difference in their lives is worth it.

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

A: Oh man, there are so many!  As a staff member, I love when we can introduce a wish kid to our donors.  School assemblies are powerful when you have hundreds of students cheering for this particular wish kid and seeing the family react to the support is so inspirational.  It’s just as powerful when sharing a wish story with a company and its employees or with an individual donor and seeing the way those stories impact our donors.  However, nothing can be as rewarding as being a wish granter and sitting with the families to determine the wish, walk them through the wish experience and be there for them with they receive their one true wish.  My family and I have made so many life-long friendships through wish granting and the smiles and excitement that is shared during those experiences are unimaginable.

Q: What is your favorite part of working for Make-A-Wish?

A: Everything!  We have an amazing staff, amazing volunteers and some amazing donors.  Outside of that, my absolute most favorite part is the impact I see our work making on my children.  I’ve been with Make-A-Wish over 5 years now and I’ve spent many nights talking with my kids about what it means to get a wish.  Not only have they met many of our wish kids, but they have made friendships with many of them as well and continue to talk and ask questions about some of them 5 years later.  As a parent of young children, it’s humbling to have them come home from school and show you a poem or story they wrote about Make-A-Wish and making a difference in the world.  With so much turmoil in the world today, those moment are real treasures.

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