Lisa Kallmes is a high school teacher who has been involved with Westview’s Make-A-Wish Week since her son, Brett, received his wish to be a Jedi in 2012.
“Brett’s cancer and treatment was definitely a huge challenge, but his wish helped us during the process and gave us a positive experience we can always remember,” Lisa said.
“Having the ability to stop thinking about appointments, pills, surgery, hospital stays, restrictions and cancer, even if it was just for one week, was such a treat!”
Now almost a decade after Brett’s wish, Lisa and Brett both contribute through school fundraising events, to help grant wishes for other Arizona kids dealing with critical conditions.
“Make-A-Wish is so near and dear to my heart and Brett is in NJHS so he’s always trying to give back whenever he can,” she said. “Last year, our school organized a tailgate with a dunk tank and a full grade-level classroom competition where we raised $5,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona.”
In addition to the classroom rivalries, Lisa’s school also decorates the campus and sells wish stars to raise awareness about the organization’s mission.
“During our Wish Week, we went to the volleyball and football games and Brett wore his Make-A-Wish shirt to collect donations,” she continued. “Brett even helped with Wish Week fundraising events at two different schools around the Valley to help raise money for Make-A-Wish.”
So far, Westview High School has hosted two Wish Weeks benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona and they are excited to start planning for next year’s events.
“Brett’s wish gave us a chance to just spend time together having fun, laughing and bonding and he loves doing anything he can to give back to this organization.”