What kind of work does your job entail?
As the outpatient social worker at the Children’s Healthcare Cystic Fibrosis (CF) clinic, I have the opportunity to work with children and families who are coping with various aspects of this complex illness. I provide education, supportive counseling and resources to help families cope throughout infancy, childhood and adolescence.
What is your favorite part of your job?
How have you been involved with Make-A-Wish?
While there are many wonderful things about working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, my favorite is that I get to work with the same group of kids over the span of years. I get to build long-term relationships with these families and see children grow, develop and thrive in the face of extraordinary challenges. It’s inspiring!
As a part of connecting our kids and families with resources, I often introduce Make-A-Wish to them and work with our medical team to initiate the referral process.
What is your favorite wish story?
I have a family with two medically complex children, one with Cystic Fibrosis. With all of the care and financial demands involved, this family hasn’t taken time away to retreat in years. In May, they will be going on a Disney Cruise. This wish child does not know the specifics of her Wish (it will be a surprise), but I got a note from her mom this week saying that her daughter shared with her that she had a dream that she was on a Disney Cruise... Little does she know that her dream is coming true!
How have you seen Make-A-Wish impact children’s lives?
Our team loves hearing all about our Wish Kids’ experiences. It’s great that our kids and families get the opportunity to create such amazing memorable experiences. It makes them feel on top of the world and they never forget it!