All our lives we dream and make wishes so that we can get through the rough times. Our wishes provide us with a sense of security when we fail to find it anywhere else. Many people have a lifetime to strive towards their dreams, however, there are people who don’t have the luxury of time. We often don’t appreciate the effects a dream can have towards a person and their emotions. Regarding our wishes as something that can be put off because we believe that we will always have the gift of time is a false concept. We aren’t given the reassurance of tomorrow so it is our job to grant our wishes today. The MAKE-A-WISH foundation has devoted their time and effort to make the wishes for people who have terminal illnesses come true.
“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy” -MAKE-A-WISH
For instance, Avery, a 5 year-old girl who has a Wilms tumor, was given the opportunity of a lifetime when her caseworker suggested she contact MAKE-A-WISH. Avery and her family’s goal was to lift her spirits during her rough medical treatments. Through this foundation Avery was able to fulfill her dream of seeing snow and building a snowman. In another case, Noah, an 8 year-old boy with a complex genetic disorder, wished to go to Los Angeles for a rescue adventure. His wish was inspired by ,the TV show, Emergency! where he decided he wanted to become a paramedic. Volunteers of the MAKE-A-WISH foundation made it possible for Noah to have a rescue experience with the police and fire department. He has had to undergo 24 surgeries so far and granting him his wish can be a beacon of light that he can hold on to when times get rough.
There are still many cases yet unfulfilled, that’s where you can step in and help tribute. Corona high school has a MAKE-A-WISH club where their goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of the school year in order to grant a child’s wish. Noah, president of the MAKE-A-WISH club, stated,” Once I saw the joy it brought to the children and families, I knew that I had to be a part of this club.” The club has a major impact for the children who are seeking to achieve their dreams. Anyone can sympathize with wanting to help grant wishes but be the person who will do something about it. Join the MAKE-A-WISH club today.
Images courtesy of Julie Richards photography