Kathy started volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona only one year ago, but her volunteer journey with wish granting started long before in California.
"I was volunteering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society when a friend of mine started working at the local Make-A-Wish chapter in Orange County. She asked if I'd like to volunteer for Make-A-Wish and I told her yes," Kathy said.
A few years later, Kathy retired to Kingman and decided to include volunteering as a part of her retirement plan.
"I had all sorts of spare time and I felt like I was blessed with my health and with my friends, and this was my way of giving back."
Kathy jumped in with both feet – and currently has four wishes in progress. She is excited to see them fulfilled.
"[The wish kids] are going through so much - it’s heartbreaking the things they have to deal with," Kathy said.
"I love to meet the children and their families, and to do good for them does good for me too. I just want to see them smile."
Kathy is happy knowing she is granting wishes for kids in Kingman, especially since there are only a few wish granter volunteers in her area. She talks about her experience in the community in the hopes of seeing more volunteers give their time to the local wish kids, even if it is not very much.
"I encourage everyone to give their time. It's so worth it. You may feel like you don't have the time, or perhaps that an hour isn't enough, but it is enough! It may not be enough to take on a wish, but the chapter will find a way to make your time worthwhile for them. Every little bit helps, and it is so needed."
When asked what her one true wish would be, Kathy replied: "At my age, I've realized that if I could do anything it would be to tell my mother, father and all of the people close to me that I love them one last time."
"I don't need anything monetary, and I don't have anywhere that I want to go, but I do want everyone that I love to know that I love them. Your friends and family are the most important people in your life, and you need to treasure that."