“We typically grant wishes for things like backyard and bedroom renovations,” said Jason Khan, president of the West Valley Mavericks. “What we enjoy most about working with Make-A-Wish Arizona is the opportunity to be hands-on and directly involved with the organization’s mission. We definitely feel the impact of our work when we see a child’s wish comes true.”
One thing that continues to surprise Jason is the number of wishes granted in Arizona – a record 406 wishes just this year – and how creative kids can be with their wish choices.
Yet, no matter what the wish might be, one of his Maverick’s is always willing to help.
“Our foundation is comprised of 66 members who have skills in many different industries,” he said. “Whether it’s driving supplies in a trailer to Prescott or building a wheelchair accessible swing, we find a way to make it happen.
“One wish we granted, for a boy named William, was about the extras we could offer,” he continued. “He wished to be a cowboy and stay at a local ranch, but his family had rarely traveled so we secured luggage for each of his 11 siblings personalized with their names.”
In addition to their volunteer work with wishes, the West Valley Mavericks host an annual charity golf tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona.
“It’s an all-day event with live and silent auctions and we always have a wish kid there to share their story,” he said.
“It’s very important for us to help kids and families in our immediate community,” Jason continued. “Seeing the impact of our efforts helps us bring more awareness to needs in the West Valley and makes us want to continue granting wishes every year. I think all of us have become more charitable because of our work with Make-A-Wish Arizona.”
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona or planning an event with your school or organization, please contact External Events Manager, Brenna Stewart, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.343.9460.