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Wish Wednesday: March is National Social Work Month

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March is National Social Work Month and we’ve asked a couple of our social workers to share their experiences with Make-A-Wish for this week’s blog. Social workers play a vital role in the wish process by making referrals for kids that may qualify for Make-A-Wish. Without their referrals, wishes could never come true!

"A day in the hallways on the Pediatric Oncology floor at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh might consist of Nerf guns being shot down the hall and patients riding on their medication polls as their parents push them around for a walk. The search for normalcy for our families is palpable.  As a social worker working with pediatric cancer, we provide families with support and resources needed to help them through this difficult time.  One resource that takes the top, for not only the child but the entire family, is the referral to Make-A-Wish. As the wish planning process starts, we slowly start to hear bits and pieces of the wish coming true.  Then the excitement builds as the wish comes closer, as the child expresses how close it is.  The whole process and hearing the excitement prior to the trip is awesome but nothing compares hearing the long lasting memories the children and families bring back to their next visit to tell all of the staff.  They bring souvenirs to show off, they bring stories to tell, and most of all they bring smiles."

Jessica Simpson, MSW, LSW
Clinical Social Worker
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

"As a Pediatric Social Worker, I see a lot of children battling life-threatening medical conditions that are given the opportunity to have a wish-come-true. The kids talk about their experience with enthusiasm and are so happy to have this adventure.  I know one patient that was unable to go on a class trip but Make-A-Wish made it possible for her to have a similar experience when she was as healthy as the rest of her class.  Many kids talk about how much fun they had at the Florida theme parks and all of the things they did during their wish.  It is always great to work with Make-A-Wish who can provide an unforgettable experience to the child and their family during this difficult time."

Dianne McCurley
Clinical Social Worker
Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center

About this Blog

This blog brings Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia to you -- sharing first-person stories of the Make-A-Wish experience and the impact of a wish from the perspectives of wish families, volunteers and staff. This blog highlights wishes come true and the special people in Pennsylvania and West Virginia that help create life-changing experiences for every eligible child.

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