In December 1997, Meghan Sluzynsky was diagnosed with leukemia. For Meghan and her family, it was devastating news. The first year of her battle seemed long and endless until she was referred to Make-A-Wish.
Meghan's volunteers arrived with smiles and a teddy bear with Meghan's name on it (which she still has today), bringing excitement and joy to their house at a time when it was so desperately needed.
"At eight years old, having a wish granted seemed like I had the world at my fingertips!" said Meghan.
Meghan changed her wish five times before finally deciding on a swimming pool. It was the perfect wish for a little girl who loved the summer and swimming. However, when Meghan decided on her wish, it was October. While it might seem crazy to install a swimming pool in October, it was perfect timing for Meghan and her family. Looking at the pool every day gave her hope and strength as she endured tough treatments .
"I was determined to conquer this illness because I wanted to swim in my pool," said Meghan. "I was not going to let my illness keep me from my wish!"
When summer finally came around, Meghan and her family had a big party and invited her classmates to celebrate. The water was crystal clear, and the pool was decked out in pool toys, chairs, and topped off with a flower umbrella. It was the perfect way to start the summer and new chapter in her life. Meghan was cured in June 2000. But her wish story does not end there.
Meghan continued to keep in close contact with Make-A-Wish. The summer going into college, she interned for the program services team, and graduated with a degree in Communications from John Caroll University. Her swimming pool still sits in her backyard, providing joy for her and her family and friends every summer.
And now, at the age of 23, Meghan is the newest wish assistant at Make-A-Wish.
“It's a fun job that gives me the opportunity to give the wish kids today the same hope and strength that Make-A-Wish gave me. It has been very rewarding. I’m excited to be back home in Pittsburgh and working with such great people. I am forever grateful for what Make-A-Wish has done for me and my family.”