I will never forget the call I received two years ago from a social worker at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, asking me if we were open to receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish Georgia. I was shopping in the craft section of Hobby Lobby and immediately burst into tears.
The irony to this whole story is that I used to work for another nonprofit wish granting organization, Dreams Come True. Located in Jacksonville, Fla, Dreams Come True fulfills dreams for children battling life-threatening illnesses, just like Make-A-Wish.
While working there, I met children and developed relationships with their families, threw them parties, helped fulfill their dreams, fund raised and spread awareness via various media outlets to draw attention to this much needed cause. I always called each of those precious little children I met 'little beacons of light', because they always radiated happiness regardless of their difficult situations.
To now be one of those families receiving a wish was overwhelming. I am thankful to the lovely volunteers and the sweet staff at Make-A-Wish Georgia who made us feel deserving, even though our hearts sometimes felt others deserved it more. They worked hard and spent countless hours planning, executing, and giving in order for Knox to have the exact wish his little heart desired.
Since Knox was so young, it took him two years to decide what his wish would be. But I always knew he wanted to be among his favorite pals. Since he had already been to Disney World three times, I just knew Disneyland was where he was meant to be.
A local company, Alpharetta-based Rainmaker, sponsored Knox’s wish. Their company raised the funds for our family to go on this amazing trip. They even hosted a send-off party where we got to meet the generous employees that felt so inspired to give.
They pulled out all the stops for this party and treated us like royalty. We are truly humbled and forever grateful for the love and sweet blessings this organization bestowed upon our family. Thank you Rainmaker for showering Knox with so many gifts and for loving on us like you did!
Our trip to Disneyland and Legoland, California Resort was nothing but rich blessings. Knox’s favorite parts of the trip were getting his driver’s license at Legoland, being such a brave boy riding Space Mountain, going on Alice in Wonderland, seeing the Legoland hotel and hanging out in Radiator Springs with Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen!
We are truly blessed, humbled and grateful for all of the love, support and kindness our family has received from our community. We have always known the importance of giving back, but to know it from being the ones that actually receive it first-hand changes the dynamic exponentially.
You never know when tragedy may strike. We certainly never expected to be in this position, where people gave to us and we leaned on others for support. However, we are thankful that we are celebrating the end of a long and tough road, and that it has been one filled with an abundance of spiritual and emotional growth, God’s healing, and a learning experience that is worth its weight in gold.