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October Volunteer of the Month: Daisy Martinez

Daisy, who is a student at Arizona State University, first learned about Make-A-Wish Arizona while she was volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“I worked with several patients who are wish kids and saw how their experiences affected them,” said Daisy. “These children face many challenges because of their illnesses, but they are some of the happiest kids I have ever met.”

While helping out at the hospital’s summer camp for cancer patients, Daisy’s friends and Make-A-Wish Arizona volunteers, Valerie and Melissa, were excited to tell her more about how she could help.

“I decided to apply for a wish-granting internship,” said Daisy, who is studying business communications and marketing at ASU. “I really enjoyed being able to give so many kids hope and it helped me understand how something as simple as one phone call can be so meaningful for a family in need.”

Since her internship, Daisy has signed on to six wishes as a volunteer.

“Granting wishes is so different from anything else I’ve done, and the experience has given me a different perspective on life,” she said. “I wake up with more gratitude now. Not everyone I’ve worked with at the hospital is a wish kid, and it’s inspiring to see how much a wish can impact a child and their family.”

Daisy recently revealed to one of her wish kids, Christian, that he will be going on a Disney cruise with his family later this month.

“He is so excited!” she said. “Christian lost his vision after a brain surgery to remove a tumor, but he is still such a happy, positive kid. Even though a lot of wishes may look similar on the outside, they are all unique and every child has a story.”

When Daisy graduates, she hopes to work for a hospital handling major gifts or grant writing, but says she will always try to make time for granting wishes.

“I want to volunteer with Make-A-Wish Arizona for a long time,” she said. “If this is something you want to do, there is always a way to help. You can start with something small, but know that anything you do will make a difference.”

My Wish: I wish to travel the world trying different coffees with my dad and sister.

  • Daisy Martinez is the October 2017 Volunteer of the Month.

  • “These children face many challenges because of their illnesses, but they are some of the happiest kids I have ever met.”

  • Daisy interned with Make-A-Wish Arizona last summer.

  • “Granting wishes is so different from anything else I’ve done, and the experience has given me a different perspective on life."

  • Daisy and interns with Linda, mother of the Arizona boy who inspired Make-A-Wish.

  • “I want to volunteer with Make-A-Wish Arizona for a long time."

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