I have been a staff member and volunteer of Make-A-Wish for nine years. During that time, I have witnessed first-hand the power of a wish come true. The first wish I ever granted was to an 11 year old girl. The first time I met her she was undergoing cancer treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma. She was in the hospital and not feeling great physically or emotionally. The only thing that made her long days in the hospital better was listening to her favourite band. The first time I saw her smile was when she talked about the possibility of meeting them. A few months later I was able to deliver the exciting news that her wish to meet them was coming true and she would be travelling to New Orleans to attend their concert. After she returned home from her wish, it was like she was an entirely new child. Her wish was the best way to celebrate her finishing treatment. She had changed physically, her hair was growing back, she had a tan from New Orleans but most importantly, she was smiling ear to ear. She gushed about meeting the band, spending time with her family and the exciting adventure their family went on. Her mom said it was a healing experience for them, the wish was a fresh start for them. For many children, a wish is a significant turning point that provides a much-needed reprieve from hospital rooms and doctors’ visits.
Our organization has granted over 1,500 wishes in Southwestern Ontario through the help of our 190+ volunteers. According to an impact study, ninety-five percent of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion and 84 percent felt an increased faith in humanity.
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