BIG NEWS! Bruin and I have been nominated to be Wish Heroes - champions who are willing to share more about our Make-A-Wish experience. I want you to know my story and my Make-A-Wish journey. I guarantee you will learn something about Make-A-Wish or me…or likely both. I am a staff member, wish granter, volunteer, and a donor. And most importantly, I believe our wish kids deserve your attention.
MANY of you know that I have spent the last four years working for Make-A-Wish. SOME of you might know that before that, Make-A-Wish was my work’s beneficiary for 11 years when I worked in the college football industry. And even FEWER of you know that my first exposure to Make-A-Wish came when a dear friend was granted his wish – to meet Faith Hill - nearly 20 years ago.
These kids are truly incredible. Imagine hearing that your 5 year-old has been diagnosed with a rare bone cancer that will require months of chemotherapy and radiation. Your child’s world of playgrounds, sports, sleepovers and playing dress-up are replaced with endless hospital visits, needle pricks, blood tests and scary scanning machines. It’s devastating. It’s not fair.
They’re just kids.
But what's easy to forget is that a critical illness doesn’t just affect the child – it affects the entire family. The parents’ relationship probably isn’t at its finest. Siblings often feel neglected as the wish kid’s health issues are constantly front-and-center. Friends and extended family feel helpless as they watch the family struggle to cope with having a sick child, navigating hospitals and healthcare, paying medical bills and maintaining hope.
And that’s where Make-A-Wish comes in.
Over the coming weeks, Bruin and I will share all sorts of amazing wish stories and videos, including some personal ones. I’ll share the story of the first I ever granted – an ant farm (yes, you read that right). I’ll reflect on wish kid Natalia, who wished to go to “Moana’s Island” (Hawaii), and stole my heart in the process. I’ll laugh at meeting wish kid Noah who, while singing in front of a sold-out football crowd, accidentally revealed to the crowd that he was in fact, lip-syncing.
And here’s why we are doing this. Right now, there are 528 kiddos waiting for their wishes to be granted in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY EIGHT. These children deserve to have a childhood. These families deserve to have hope. They deserve Make-A-Wish.
Bruin and I are proud to be Wish Heroes. I'm proud to share the stories of kiddos who are infinitely stronger than I will ever be. And Bruin is proud that his dad has family, friends, coworkers and associates like you who believe in us as Wish Heroes, and more importantly, in the power of hope.
Please help us ensure that no child waits even one unnecessary day for their wish by donating today - thank you!
If you donate at all, I will be sure to send my personal thanks, but for those of you who want to make a BIG impact on our kiddos, here are some bonus incentives for you to consider:
- If you donate $100 or more, Bruin will send you a personal thank you video
- If you donate $500 or more, you can choose to receive a video of:
- Bruin eating human food (burger)
- Marc eating dog food
- If you donate over $1,000, Bruin and I will happily take part in a “Man vs. Dog” competition of your choosing