“I love that I am able to give these kids something that takes their mind away from treatments and helps make their recovery process better,” said Rose, who saw her nephew go through a tough battle with liver cancer when he was only 1 year old. At that time Rose wished she could have given him something to help him during that difficult time in his life; something like a wish.
Rose knew she had to become a volunteer. “I decided to be a wish granter out of gratitude and in honor of my nephew. I just wanted to give back.”
Over Rose’s two years of being a wish granter, she has completed five wishes and is currently working on two which both involve a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland.
One of Rose’s favorite memories was granting a wish for a family of 15 to go to Walt Disney World. She also developed a connection with wish kid Sarai, who traveled to Paris with her family this past summer.
“She is one of those people that doesn’t let cancer affect her,” she continued. “She has such an amazing outlook on life and is so bubbly and I love that about her.”
So far throughout this experience, Rose has noticed differences in herself.
“Being a Make-A-Wish Arizona volunteer has changed my life,” she said. “It makes me not sweat the small stuff anymore; it really puts everything into perspective.”
“It is a great privilege being a part of the Make-A-Wish team to bring smiles to kids and help fulfill their wishes as they go through a critical illness. There is no greater reward than giving the gift of your time and talents to enhance the life of another human being! Never underestimate the healing power of kindness!”