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After granting 60+ wishes, Aaron Ling says volunteering changed his life

Wish kid Sebastian
Aaron has volunteered since high school, at places like Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and other mentorship programs. Yet, once Aaron heard about Make-A-Wish Arizona, he knew it was the place for him.

“Although my past volunteering opportunities had the goal of improving peoples’ lives, Make-A-Wish Arizona is the only one that I believe directly impacts the spirit of children with critical illnesses in allowing them to live out a wish," said Aaron, who has granted more than 60 wishes.

Aaron’s favorite part of creating a wish experience for a child is the reveal party, when he finally shares with his wish kids that their wish will happen.

“My favorite thing about volunteering is the interactions with the families and seeing the kids’ faces light up when their wishes are granted."

Wish kid Cassandra

When asked what his wish would be, Aaron gave a heartfelt and impactful answer.

“Probably the same wish my wish parents have - for my children to be or remain healthy. I can’t begin to imagine the difficulties these parents go through and I’m glad that I am able to help, even for a small moment in time,” Aaron said.

When Aaron is not volunteering, he spends his time off with his wife and two young children.

“Working with these wish kids and their families has taught me to value life, because these families are going through a lot but they are so appreciative, so excited about the wish,” said Aaron. “It makes me appreciate what I have in my life a little bit more.”

Aaron said that volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona has changed his life because he sees how the wishes he grants truly change the lives of children, their families and all of the volunteers and people involved as well.

“I tell everyone they should volunteer with Make-A-Wish Arizona,” said Aaron. “Volunteering has become one of my top priorities and I try to contribute as much time to the wish kids and families that I can.”

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Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, the international wish granting organization. Our chapter grants incredible wishes every day for Arizona children with critical illnesses. We want to share the stories of our wishes -- and the inspiration, creativity, imagination and life-affirming enthusiasm that they bring -- with you.

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