As you likely know if you are visiting this page, I have a very personal connection to Make-A-Wish. Feel free to skim down to the last paragraph if you'd rather skip the story and read about why I'm asking for donations now :)
I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two months after my 16th birthday in February 2010. A lot of my memories from the year that followed are fuzzy, but one thing I will never forget about that year is the Fall my wish was granted.
I remember thinking the wish granters that came to our home were magical. That night, I was nobody's patient - I was just a kid with a wish. That feeling persisted over the following weeks until one day we got a call that my wish had been granted. A long-time lover of binge-watching Netflix, I always enjoyed when the whole family sat down with me. The one show we always agreed on was NCIS, so my mom and I were flown to LA to visit the set. The memories from that trip are the ones I carry with me into adulthood.
I know there are a lot of worthy causes for donation during this crazy time in the world. I have sought those out, but I also choose to support Make-A-Wish with this local fundraiser because right now there are 32 children in the Blue Ridge waiting for wishes. I know the power of a wish will change these children’s lives by restoring hope and ushering in new strength for them and their loved ones. And I know hope is essential.
Together, we can grant more wishes. Please donate today.
Thank you for your support!