“When I talk to parents and they ask me why I keep doing this, I tell them, ‘It’s because I am so in awe of the unbroken spirit of these kids,’” Jennifer said.
“When husband served on the Board of Directors, I learned a lot about Make-A-Wish. When his term ended, I decided I wanted to stay connected to the organization because I was so excited about all the work being done.”
“I have two children of my own and when I met wish kids and saw their spirit, their thoughtfulness, their lack of selfishness, I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”
Jennifer has formed a special bond with many of her wish kids, including Kaylee, who wished to go to Walt Disney World two years ago.
“Kaylee is still a huge part of my life. We I have an amazing relationship and I see her and her family often,” she said. “She lives an hour away, but we haven’t let the distance obstruct our relationship at all. She is just starting to finish her treatments right now.”
While Kaylee is one of Jennifer’s most memorable wishes, the mother of two still remembers the first wish she granted, six years ago.
“Calijah wished to go to Walt Disney World and I was really overwhelmed and so appreciative of the community response in making his wish come true.”
“I think the wish is a huge distraction for them. They are so used to hospital and doctors and missing out on things in life, it really helps bring them joy. It’s amazing.”
For Jennifer’s one true wish, she would take an amazing trip to the destination of her husband or childrens’ choice and make as many memories as possible with them.