Ken Kieffer is a huge Packers fan, but he’s an even bigger fan of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. Our chapter recently gifted this custom made jersey to Ken in honor of a huge milestone: granting his 300th wish!
For nearly two decades, Ken has brought hope, strength and joy to children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
He’s helped children transform into cowgirls. He’s helped them get ready to meet their favorite celebrity or animated character. He’s helped them jam out on their new instruments. But, most of all, he’s been a trusted friend during some dark days. Ken remembers each and every wish he’s helped bring to life and when asked which is his favorite he’ll tell you, “That’s impossible to answer. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.”
Recently, friends, volunteers and staff gathered to honor Ken and reflect on the moments of happiness he’s brought to children in our community.
With a sparkle in his eye, Ken lit up the audience with stories near and dear to his heart, the transformative power that comes with being a wish-granting volunteer evident in his every word.
“Ken is without a doubt, one of the finest human beings on the planet,” said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “Ken gives his heart and soul to more than two dozen other nonprofits in this community and we are privileged to be among them.”
We are so grateful to Ken for his tireless devotion and selfless spirit that has an immeasurable impact on so many within our community.
You, too, can make wishes come true
Each year, more than 700 dedicated volunteers throughout Alaska and Washington, like Ken, give their time and talents to make magic happen for the very special children and families we serve. We are in need of bilingual volunteers in Eastern and Central Washington, as well as volunteers in the South Sound.
Learn how you can help grant wishes to children today.