It is not often, maybe ever, that one person can claim to be actively involved in 300 kids’ lives. Ken Kieffer, a Make-A-Wish volunteer for the local chapter since 1997, has dedicated much of his life and time to making wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Having recently granted his 300th wish, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington will host a surprise party for Ken, with staff, fellow volunteers and wish kids present, January 23 from 2-4 p.m. in their Seattle headquarters located at 811 First Avenue, Suite 520.
“Ken is one of a kind,” said Barry McConnell, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “He’s someone who gives so much of himself to everyone he helps. Whether it’s a wish child, their sibling or their parents, he makes everyone feel like they are a VIP.”
A resident of Gig Harbor, Ken was a trustee on the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Board from 2003-2008. During that time, he also continued his wish-granting efforts.
Volunteers like Ken work in teams of two to grant wishes to kids in their community. And Ken consistently thinks of ways to embellish every wish to make it unique and fun, staying in touch with and remembering many of the kids long after their wish is complete.
Ken has granted so many wishes that when asked to pick his favorite he’ll reply, “Asking me to pick my favorite wish is like asking someone to pick their favorite child.”
For more information about volunteering for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, please visit akwa.wish.org/volunteer or call Juli McClave at 206.623.5300 to learn about our online volunteer trainings.
About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,500 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Currently, there are more than 400 children awaiting their wishes and there are more who qualify for our services, yet we are unable to reach them and grant their wishes due to a lack of funds and capacity. In fact, every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington do not receive a wish because of a lack of funding. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit akwa.wish.org or connect with us at facebook.com/makeawishakwa or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.
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