Cancer hit home with Linda Dunn in 2014 when doctors diagnosed her daughter at age 21. Although she was too old for a wish from Make-A-Wish®, Linda saw first-hand how deeply a cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family. Soon after, she signed up Wish Granting Training. "I discovered that Make-A-Wish is for children with critical illnesses, not just cancer," said Dunn.
Nancy Mencke heard about the impact of a wish from a wish family who shared their story at her son’s school. “Her story really touched me and raised my awareness of this wonderful organization,” said Nancy. Nancy knew then she wanted to volunteer with Make-A-Wish.
After their first wish together, the two wanted to continue to grant wishes alongside one another. Together, they have worked on 11 wishes for children in our area. But even outside of granting wishes, their friendship has continued to grow. “We have lunch once a week when possible. Nancy has become a great friend…I enjoy granting wishes with her,” said Dunn.
Both plan to continue as Wish Granters and are deeply rooted in the belief that wishes truly do matter for families with children facing critical illnesses. “It encourages them to dream and imagine a time when they'll be better and doing something they never thought they'd be able to do,” said Mencke. “How can it not contribute to better mental health?”
“I always encourage everyone I meet to sign up to be a volunteer. It doesn’t take a lot of time and the rewards are wonderful,” said Dunn.
Learn more about volunteering and sign up for wish granting training at midsouth.wish.org/volunteer.