Our wish kids are superheroes, courageously battling their medical conditions. They are going through unimaginable circumstances and more trials than most people experience in a lifetime. Doctors appointments, hospital stays and constant worry. But they find a way to get through. Their superpowers -- hope, strength and joy. With those, they have the ability to conquer anything. Wish kid Austin is dressing up this Halloween as Clark Kent, the unlikely superhero reporter, who is transformed into Superman. Wish kid Michael, who was granted his wish to be the superhero "Beetle Boy" when he was 6, is now 20 and continuing to battle cystic fibrosis with fortitude and vigor
Our volunteers are superheroes, too, helping our wish kids receive the "superpowers" of hope, strength and joy. Wishes would not be possible without the support of our volunteers. Our volunteers work together to fulfill hundreds of wishes each year for children like Michael who need a little bit of magic, surprises and happiness in their lives. They may dress up as superheroes like Batman to reveal wishes, but like one wish dad writes, they come into wish families homes "during your darkest hour" with the "sole purpose" to "try to bring joy and happiness back into your life…”
Our donors are superheroes as well. They give Make-A-Wish the resources to make a difference in the lives of local kids, whether it be through a golf outing, an office decorating contest or wish star sales. They organize wonderful events and fundraisers, just to help out a local kid and family going through a tough time and who they most likely have never met. We cannot thank them enough for making what we do possible and truly making a difference.
All of our superheroes -- wish kids, their families, volunteers and donors -- may never be people that make headlines or appear in a comic book, but to us, they are real difference makers, touching our lives each and every single day.