We all have special reasons for volunteering with Make-A-Wish® Arizona.
As a mom herself, Julie Johnson became a wish granter because of one, simple reason: to give parents whose children live with life-threatening medical conditions time to cherish life's precious moments together as a family. Julie understands how valuable every moment with her children is. After she became part of the Make-A-Wish Arizona family, she knew she had to get her friend Sal Erakat involved.
Sal always thought helping to grant wishes was something only celebrities did. Once Julie told him otherwise, he was hooked. "I became involved so that I could be a small part of the great things that this incredible organization does for children," Sal says.
Since Julie and Sal have joined Make-A-Wish Arizona, they have been a part of 12 and seven wishes, respectively, some of which require them to travel long distances.
Julie's most memorable wish involved a shopping spree with a humble and quiet wish kid named Stephanie. Julie shared pictures of the wish with her daughter and discovered the two children had been friends since the 5th grade. Julie said it made being part of the wish more special "as if it was written in the stars."
When asked what he would wish for, Sal says he would wish to be signed to the WWE as a professional wrestler. "The WWE creates memories for people of all walks of life and all ages. More importantly, their work with charities like Make-A-Wish is what I respect the most."
Julie's one, true wish was just as ambitious. "I wish for the dishes to magically wash themselves," she said.