When Erika Liberto (left), Sierra Lilac (middle) and Meghan Sluzynsky (right) had their wishes granted, they never thought that one day they would be working for the organization that brought them so much joy while battling leukemia. Today, they are helping to make other kids' wishes come true as members of the support services and program services teams in the Pittsburgh Make-A-Wish office. Here are their stories:
A rock band jam with her aunt and silent moments shared with her family at the Give Kids the World Chapel are two memories that Erika and her family remember the most from her trip to Walt Disney World® in September 1992. Now at age 26, Erika recently joined Make-A-Wish’s Support Services Team and is taking online classes through Penn State University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She organized a Jammin’ for Wishes concert that raised $1,763 for Make-A-Wish earlier this year.
Looking at her swimming pool every day after it was installed one October gave Meghan hope and strength as she endured tough treatments. When summer finally came around, Meghan and her family had a big party to celebrate. Then, during her studies at John Caroll University, she interned for the Make-A-Wish program services team. After graduating with a degree in Communications, Meghan joined the Make-A-Wish team as a wish assistant. Her swimming pool still sits in her backyard.