Before moving to Kingman, Ariz., Kathy had lived and worked in Orange County and volunteered for more than five years as a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Orange County Inland Empire chapter.
“Orange County was very different from Make-A-Wish Arizona but luckily I still was able to do what I enjoyed most – meeting with the wish kids and their families,” said Kathy. Kathy has completed 10 wishes in Kingman over the past three years and continues to be one of the only volunteers in her area west of Flagstaff.
“I love really talking with the wish kid and getting to know the families,” she continued. “It’s not just about asking one or two background questions, but starting a conversation to get to their real one, true wish.”
With Kingman being a small town, Kathy not only has met many of the kids as a wish granter, she has also spotted them in the community; while working her second volunteer activity, teaching classes at a local art studio; and in her third volunteer capacity as a volunteer at the local hospital.
“Sometimes I see them come through and I know that what they are going through needs the little bit of hope and joy a wish can bring,” said Kathy.
She is rarely surprised by the wish requests, which have varied between wishes to go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, to creating their own roller coaster.
“The wishes really affect me just as much as they affect my wish kids and their families,” Kathy continued. “I make sure I act as an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Arizona every time I am out in the community, especially when I’m in my volunteer shirt. I want people to know how good it feels to be a wish granter and to consider joining the Make-A-Wish volunteer team.”