This advice from Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington volunteer Grace Waweru is something she puts into practice every day.
“Giving back brings life into a higher perspective,” Grace said. “I’m no longer consumed by my own little problems. When I shift my focus to someone else, it brings my life into such great balance.”
Grace is a wish-granting volunteer with the local Make-A-Wish chapter. The impact of making wishes come true is something that will stay with her forever. She felt compelled to get involved after growing up with juvenile diabetes and knowing first-hand the challenges of living with a medical condition at an early age. Now that she is healthy and her diabetes is under control, Grace felt a need to give back to the community through Make-A-Wish, as a volunteer.
“I’ve always had a heart for children,” she said “What these kids are going through is astronomical and most adults can’t even imagine the daily challenges these children face.”
But it’s the wish experience that gives kids a break from the doctor appointments, medical procedures and stresses of their daily lives. For Grace, her favorite part is seeing the joy on the kids’ faces while they enjoy themselves, and the joy of the family.
“Witnessing the parents look forward to something exciting that gets them out of their daily routine is a wonderful feeling!”
As a wish-granting volunteer, Grace sees the impact wishes have on our community, too: “Wishes improve the quality of life for families going through a difficult time. People come together for one cause: to help a child and a family in need and, as a result, experience a cohesiveness and sense of unity.”
Grace encourages everyone she knows to get involved. “Make-A-Wish becomes something beyond us as individuals. It’s humbling. Volunteering with Make-A-Wish can have a far-reaching impact on lives you never realized you could touch.”
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington is in need of volunteers in the South Sound, Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, Spokane, Anchorage and Fairbanks. For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit the Volunteer section on our website.
Special thanks to Grace and all of our wonderful volunteers who enrich the lives of local children with life-threatening illnesses and their families every day.