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Donor of the Month, Judy & Don Spiro

Judy & Don Spiro are the February 2020 Donors of the Month.
After working as a special education teacher for more than 20 years, Judy Spiro felt the need to help other kids in her community when she retired.

“My husband and I give to a food bank in Tucson but we wanted to do more to help kids in our community,” said Judy, who began donating twice annually to Make-A-Wish Arizona shortly after meeting Board Member, Pam Crim.

“I don’t know if I would have connected with Make-A-Wish if it wasn’t for her, but looking back on the last few years I’m so glad I did,” she continued.

In addition to donating to Make-A-Wish Arizona, Judy decided to become more involved as a volunteer wish granter and has already granted more than 20 wishes.

“I think my favorite part about Make-A-Wish is that it includes the whole family,” she said. “People are involved with organizations for different reasons, but I feel so connected because I get to work directly with the kids and families I’m helping, so I can see where my money goes.”

“The fact that I’m helping locally in Tucson also makes a difference to me,” she continued.

One of Judy’s most memorable moments with Make-A-Wish was helping grant a young girl’s wish to be a popstar and record a music video.

Judy with wish kid Isabel

“I found a studio in Tucson that offered to donate dance lessons for Isabel and her siblings and I went to every rehearsal and learned the dance, too! A lot of kids choose to travel somewhere so this was one of the first wishes I was able to be a part of and see first-hand,” she said. “Granting her wish and being there that day is something I will never forget.”

Judy is proud she’s able to grant wishes as both a donor and volunteer and says her experience with Make-A-Wish Arizona has truly enriched her life.

“I feel like Santa Claus, I just want to give kids everything and it amazes me how much a wish can really change lives.”

Do you want to help grant wishes? Sign up for one of our upcoming volunteer trainings or transform lives all year long as a monthly donor.

If you live in the Tucson area, mark your calendar to join us for our upcoming Swing FORE Wishes event at Topgolf Thursday, April 30. Click here to learn more.

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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 life-threatening medical conditions. 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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