Every day Bonaparte, of Joliet, faces the possibility of a medical crisis due to his life-threatening blood disorder. There are times when the pain is unbearable, and he has even suffered a silent stroke. He must take several medications and have regular blood infusions. Last year, through Make-A-Wish Illinois, Bonaparte found strength in his wish experience to star in a superhero movie
“The wish helped build his confidence,” his mother Stella shared. The community support and energy at his movie premiere has proven invaluable as he continues to cope with his condition. Make-A-Wish Illinois is seeking area volunteers to help other children like Bonaparte who need wishes. Bilingual volunteers fluent in English and Spanish are especially needed.
Hope is medicine for children with critical illnesses. A wish helps kids look past their limitations, helps families overcome anxiety and helps entire communities experience joy. Most importantly, wishes can improve a child’s quality of life.
Make-A-Wish Illinois is seeking volunteers to help grant wishes to several children in the Joliet area who have qualified for wishes recently. To welcome potential volunteers, brief online information sessions are scheduled for the next few weeks. Sign up for one today at illinois.wish.org/volunteer
Wish-granting volunteers work in teams of two to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and have support from the Make-A-Wish staff. All volunteers must be over 21 and submit an application, reference and background check; complete an online and brief in-person training to begin granting wishes.