As many of you know, an extraordinary organization, Make-A-Wish, is making childhood wishes come true (every 38 minutes) for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. This amazing work is guided by the belief that wish experiences have profound lasting effects for sick children and their families. Medical teams have reported that wish experiences work concurrently with medicine to make children feel emotionally stronger and better able to deal with their life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish’s work is truly inspirational and even includes the construction of a baseball field for an 11 year old boy (in his own backyard). Truly Miraculous.
When I was first contacted to work on this campaign, I read story after story of wishes being granted. I felt my heart pounding for parents in my facebook and instagram feeds whom one day woke up to a living hell. I remembered reading stories in the hospital to our family friend Constantine, and imagined little boys like him that had the chance to have a wish fulfilled before passing. I wept. A lot. But mostly, I felt a tremendous sense of hope in Make-a-Wish stories, and wanted to learn more about how to get involved.
This month, it is incredibly easy to get involved through the Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish campaign. Every single Saturday in September, Straight Talk Wireless (a no contract wireless phone service) will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for each person that takes one minute to learn about Straight Talk while visiting Walmart. Straight Talk has vowed to donate a minimum of $500,000 and up to $1,000,000 (last year’s program reached the $1,000,000 donation mark) to Make-A-Wish.
For those who can’t visit a Walmart store Straight Talk will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish (up to $100,000 towards their one million dollar goal) when their video straighttalkwish.com is shared on social media by September 28th, 2013 (one donation per viewer, per day).
Wishes matter. Incredibly. And like Straight Talk, I believe that there is nothing greater than granting a sick child’s wish.
I’m joining in and hope that you will too.
Although I was compensated monetarily in this campaign for One2One Network, I’m thrilled to amplify this cause and other work rooted in social good. As always, all opinions are my own.