“One day I was dropping my wife off at the airport, and I was surprised to see one of my friends there holding a bunch of balloons,” said Bob. “I asked him what he was doing and he said he was there for a wish!”
Bob, who was already thinking about volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona, knew this was more than a coincidence.
“I decided I had to get involved and signed up for the next wish granter training,” he said. “I’ve always been involved with different charities and organizations, but I was fascinated with the wide variety of people who volunteer with Make-A-Wish.”
“It doesn’t matter if you are a student, a parent, a retired couple – all these people from different professions, ages and backgrounds are coming together to do something great and grant a wish.”
Now, two years later, Bob loves getting involved as much as he can.
“I don’t like to sit around and wait for something to happen,” said Bob, who helps out at events and airport sendoffs in addition to his work on multiple wishes at a time. “If you do nothing, you could miss an opportunity.”
One of Bob’s favorite parts about granting wishes is the overwhelmingly positive response he gets whenever he wears his Make-A-Wish Arizona t-shirt.
“Everyone knows and loves this organization and it is a pleasure to volunteer for a charity with such a great reputation,” he said. “Wherever I go, I meet a lot of other volunteers or families and the reaction is always the same.”
Recently, Bob’s experience has come full circle as a member of the Make-A-Wish Arizona Volunteer Screening Team, where he gets to meet and interview prospective volunteers every month.
“It’s really cool to be on the other side and see some of my friends and familiar faces starting the volunteer process as well,” he said. “Make-A-Wish Arizona has been everything I hoped it could be and more.”
My Wish: I would wish to be an astronaut and help colonize another planet.