How did you become involved with Make-A-Wish?
When I was 10, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 3 years. During my treatments, my medical team told me about Make-A-Wish. I wished to meet Shania Twain when I finished chemo and felt like traveling. My wish was granted and was wonderful! During college, I interned with MAW and after turning 21, I was trained to become a volunteer and have been volunteering since then.
What has been your favorite wish since you began volunteering with Make-A-Wish?
It would have to be when a boy asked for an XBOX. He not only got an XBOX, but Make-A-Wish sent him controllers, a TV, a TV stand, chairs, and headphones! It was wonderful to be a part of and see the excitement and surprise when we delivered all of his gifts!
Can you describe the impact of a wish that you have seen in working with wish families and wish children?
Many wish children and their families cannot afford to go on a trip, one that Make-A-Wish can provide. To be a part of seeing a family be able to experience a first-time family vacation to somewhere like Disney World is very rewarding.
What do you like to do in your spare time, when you are not volunteering?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, exercising, and other volunteer work, such as Relay for Life.
Do you have a motivational quote that you live by?
Life live to the fullest!
Why do you feel that wishes are important for children with serious health challenges?
I look at it as a reward for the child, after everything he/she has gone through. After a long road and battle, it’s nice to wish for something and see it come true, after the long journey. Not only for the wish child, but the whole family, since a health challenge can affect the whole family.
What has being a part of the Make-A-Wish Team meant to you?
It has meant the world to me to be a part of something that is very close to me. After going through cancer myself, and having a wish granted, it’s wonderful to be a part of an organization where I am able to give back and see others lives’ affected, just like mine and my family’s life was touched by Make-A-Wish.