I was born with a rare congenital heart condition. In 2000, I had my wish, a Disney cruise, granted by Make-A-Wish. This trip gave me hope to keep fighting and never give up.
My wish made me forget about my heart problem for a while. During this trip, I got to meet two other wish families. This trip also allowed me the opportunity to spend quality time with my family that we so desperately needed. Even though I was 8 years old, I remember the cruise like it was yesterday. The memories of this trip will stay with me throughout my entire life.
Having my wish granted encouraged me to want to help Make-A-Wish grant other wishes. When I was younger, I would donate money and tell everyone I could about my wish. In 2016, I finally took my passion and love for Make-A-Wish to the next level; I attended the Wish Ball. At the Ball, I met the right people in the Make-A-Wish organization and they encouraged me to volunteer; and that is just what I did.
It is still unbelievable to me that I have the opportunity to volunteer with Make-A-Wish. As a Wish alumni and now volunteer, I have seen how a wish can come from just an idea and blossom into reality. As a volunteer, I’m afforded the ability to hear other kid’s stories of having their wishes granted and I’m able to share mine. Listening to the stories from all of the alumni and volunteers brings us closer together, and I consider them all a part of my family now.
Hope kept me going from the day I was told I would have my wish granted. This hope worked alongside what doctors provided and kept me going. My hope is for all children with a life-threatening illness to have the opportunity to have their wish granted. A wish is something that kids will remember forever and help them think and say "I’m going to beat this little hiccup in my life because I’m strong and I won’t let this bring me down" and that is what Make-A-Wish is all about, to bring hope and everlasting memories.