As a child life specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage, Alaska, Jennifer Booher spends a lot of her time guiding patients and their families through treatments and must-dos.
Wishes are different. “They don’t choose to do treatment, but a wish is something that they get to choose,” said Booher.
One of the great challenges of her job is connecting with patients and really getting a chance to know them in order to help them through the hard times.
According to Booher, a wish is much more than an experience or an object. “A wish is a communication point,” she says. “It’s part of the whole care plan for a kid.”
Booher enjoys watching wishes unfold—the whole process of brainstorming with kids, hearing them talk about their wish, and then listening to stories after the fact.
“The outcome.” That’s what makes Booher excited to refer kids to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. She sees firsthand the power wishes have to motivate children and their families.
Over the past 10 years, Jennifer has referred dozens of kids to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. Because of her tireless dedication, we’ve been given the opportunity to serve many local children.
“Nobody wants to get cancer. Nobody wants to get this diagnosis. They’re doing a lot that they don’t have a choice in. But for everything that’s happening to them, a wish is specifically for them.”
Without people like Jennifer, and without your generous financial support, we would not be able to grant wishes to so many children in our territory. Thank you, Jennifer!
Did you know that 1 in 4 children is not receiving a wish? Be a hero like Jennifer. If you know a kid that might qualify, refer them today.