“Time after time, our wish children say their medical treatments cured them but their wish experience really did heal them,” Jamerika said. She’s the Volunteer Coordinator at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.
Jamerika lives and breathes volunteerism. She believes it’s a great way to build community.
“[Volunteering] gives community residents an opportunity to get involved with what’s happening around their neighborhood and also give back and also get to know their neighbors,” she said.
Jamerika says it doesn’t take much for a person to have a lasting impact on someone’s life. One of the great things about volunteering for Make-A-Wish is that it’s flexible.
“Whether you have four hours or you have 40, you really do have the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life,” she said.
The impact a wish can have on a child’s life can be immense, Jamerika said. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.
“The difference that I see is the opportunity for families to … just have fun, have a shared experience as a family and … experience a sense of healing.”
Wish families say the experience of having their child’s wish granted has allowed them to feel like a ‘normal’ family again. The anticipation of a wish can help a child with a critical illness tolerate their treatment and bring joy and happiness into their lives.
Help bring the wish experience to a child in your community. Sign up to become a wish-granting volunteer today.