By Adrianna Quig, Wish Kid
Being a 17-year-old teenager growing up with heart conditions wasn’t easy. Undergoing two open heart surgeries as a baby and a third one in July 2015, I have had a much different childhood than most kids. Endless doctor visits, countless procedures and “pokes” unfortunately become normal to me and other children growing up with medical conditions.
Last spring I was told I was eligible for Make-A-Wish due to my rare heart condition, which I was about to get fixed. That news distracted me from my nerves and fears in the months leading up to my surgery. My wish granters made my wish-granting experience one I will never forget. The organization made me feel more at ease and gave me and my family something to look forward to during the long days in the hospital. I wished to go to Hawaii with my family and stay at the Aulani Disney Resort! The thought of going to paradise kept my mind off the other things going on.
Almost four months after my surgery, I went to Hawaii and had the time of my life. Having spent most of my summer cooped up, I felt like Hawaii was better than any summer vacation I could have had. It was relaxing and I was able to spend time with my parents and little brother after a long stressful few months.
What Make-A-Wish did for me is something I can never forget. I recently created a fundraising page and set a goal to raise awareness and funds for this life-changing organization to be able to grant more children’s wishes. This is also part of a school community service project to give back. I picked this organization because it is very close to my heart and I would love to give back for what they did for me. There are many more children in my area who deserve a wish to let them make unforgettable memories through a tough time. Make-A-Wish doesn’t just change the lives of the children, but also the wish families involved. They go above and beyond to make a child’s wish something spectacular. The possibilities of a wish are endless!
Please help me raise awareness and funds by contributing any amount you can – $10, $30, $50, $100 or even more. Every dollar you donate can help Make-A-Wish kids renew their courage and find a turning point in their lives.
Thank you for your support!