“My passion lies first and foremost with kids,” Audrey said. “To know that I can help these kids feel better and that gives me a feeling of such pride.”
Audrey has contributed to other worthy organizations in the Valley, like Gilbert Historical Museum and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but none affect her the way Make-A-Wish Arizona does.
“The personal relationships we create with our wish kids and their families make the whole experience much more gratifying, not only for me, but also for every person working on the wish,” Audrey said. “To watch the child be happy and watch their life change before your eyes once they receive their wish, is something beautiful.”
Audrey has granted many wishes, but one sticks out in her memory.
“We met a very ill child who was shy and would barely speak to us, but as we worked together on her wish it was like watching a flower bloom,” said Audrey. “She was completely different on the day of the wish. She was so overjoyed, talkative and was a completely different person. It was great to see because it showed me how much these wishes have a positive impact on the kids and they are happier because of their wish.”
But it’s not only children who benefit from a wish. “A wish brings joy and something to look forward to, as well as relief for the families,” Audrey said. “The trip helps them understand that they can still celebrate life and time with their child. A wish lets parents see their child be happy again and it allows the family to feel all the love and freedom they have been missing since their child got sick.”
If Audrey could have her own one true wish, she said it would be to meet Neil Diamond and have dinner with him because he has been her favorite singer since she was a little girl.