In February I was helping the Missouri chapter during Amelia’s wish to take care of the world. She was one of the few wishes that, for health reasons, had to be planned in less than a month. Watching it come to fruition was awe inspiring. After that wish, I started to think “what are the top 10 things you may not know about how wishes come true?” From there, this blog post was born. Let's take a look:
- Some kids wait to meet a wish granter longer than six months. That could be because of their health, the number of wishes their chapter has to grant or possibly because there are not enough wish-granting volunteers in their community.
- ALL wishes are granted by volunteers (though some, like me, are also employees – but my work days are spent on graphic design strategies). In fact, there need to be two wish-granting volunteers on each wish in addition to volunteers who help behind the scenes helping at the office, with event management and many other roles. That’s a lot of people donating their time.
- Also, wishes are planned and executed by those same volunteers. We call them “wish granters” and the work they put in to make every wish unique is amazing.
- A wish starts during treatment, usually. Wish granters meet the family and child to learn about them and what they are thinking their wish could be months before they might even be able to go on a wish.
- Some kids change their wish a few times before it happens. Let's be honest, could you only pick ONE thing that easily?
- Anyone over a required age that varies by chapter (who passes all that legal stuff like this, for example) can be a wish granter.
- Wishes range in the time commitment. Some, like Amelia's, get planned within weeks. Some take a few years!
- Nationwide, volunteers granted almost 15,000 wishes last year. The work isn’t done! Every year around 27,000 kids are newly qualified. That means we still need more people like you, your family and your friends to reach each eligible child.
- Lives are changed through wish granting. One of the volunteers I talked to during the wish said that she had lifetime friends and family because of wish granting. She even was at the celebration dinner for one of her wish kids having a chemo port removed – always a big milestone!
- Being a wish granter is like a can of Pringles - you can’t stop at just one.
Amelia’s wish was the first one I witnessed in-person. When I came back home, I signed up to grant my first wish. I hope you consider becoming a wish granter in your community, too.
Find out more about how volunteers change lives in Pam's story about her 13 years as a wish granter.
Photos by Rebecca Allen Photography