Aidan is a shy eight year old. According to his mom, Charisa, he's always been that way, but since he was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor he's become quieter and tires more easily.
Most days you can find him with his head buried in a book. He's quite the avid reader and although he's shy, he'll talk your ear off when he's excited about a subject.
From the start, Aidan knew he wanted to take a trip for his wish. "He wanted to go away from the hospital and explore another country and language," Charisa said.
"It was a fun thing to think about," she said. "It was a good distraction." But research shows that the distraction that a wish provides has real value as part of the plan of care. In fact, research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.*
Aidan’s wish granting volunteer, Lauren Hudspeth has seen the transformative powers that a wish makes possible for children as she has granted dozens of wishes for local children. That’s why she continues to volunteer and is also a donor.
"I support Make-A-Wish because as a long-time volunteer I have seen first-hand the healing and the happiness that it brings to families," Lauren said.
But to make her dollar go further, Lauren uses her employer's matching gift program to ensure that her contribution makes the biggest possible difference in a wish kid's life. "I participate in my company's matching gift program because it is absolutely free money to me," Lauren said. "There is no reason why I wouldn't and I think it's one of the best benefits that our company gives us."
For kids like Aidan, who can’t wait for his wish to visit the Berlin National Museum of Science, a wish is more than just a trip. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.
Right now, too many children are not getting everything they need to help them fight their illness. You can change that. Double your impact by contacting your company’s Human Resources department and inquire about matching gifts today!