How To Bring Joy To A Child Who Needs It
If you’ve been stopping by to my blogs and my Video Journals over the past year or so then you know one of my favorite causes or charities is Make-A-Wish. In fact, if you click on “Causes” in the footer, you’ll find this little ditty of information (along with a link to donate):
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. Wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. This simple, but powerful belief drives Make-A-Wish. Wishes are only made possible through the hard work of many dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and other supporters.
Make-A-Wish is one of my favorite charities because while there are many that are about trying to find a cure for diseases, and even some that focus on the quality of life for people with diseases, Make-A-Wish is about creating moments for children in need of them. I’ve never experienced what it’s like to be faced with a potentially terminal illness, and God-willing I will never have to experience what it is like to be the parent of a child facing one, but I do understand and know the power of Hope, and certainly the incredible force of Joy.
But it’s not just about providing a memory – it’s about rewarding children (and their families) for their courage and their strength in a way that medicine can’t.
I’ve known about Make-A-Wish for a long time – as I’m sure just about anyone who’s been around for the last few decades has. But I only really started paying closer attention to it because of John Cena.
Some of you are laughing. Most of you know better. Yes, I’m a huge wrestling fan. I have been since I was a child. I love the industry so much that I highly doubt I’ll stop watching it any time soon. John Cena is this generation’s Hulk Hogan. And while I’m actually not much of a fan of John Cena the character, I’m a giant fan of John Cena the person. In 2015, eleven years after granting his first Wish, Cena granted his 500th – more than any other celebrity has ever granted – and then some. And Cena isn’t the only one, as WWE itself has a long-standing commitment to Make-A-Wish, its superstars like Daniel Bryan and Big Show constantly providing children with incredible moments of Joy.
And I want you to help me ensure that those Wishes never stop being granted.
This Friday, April 29th, is World Wish Day:
…The anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish® in 1980 and a worldwide day of gratitude to thank our donors, volunteers, medical professionals, sponsors, wish kids and families.
Across the world, millions of supporters share the vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. Some refer children, some volunteer their time and creativity as wish granters, others make a donation to fund life-changing wish experiences. Together we grant wishes – but the true power and support comes from people like you. Visit worldwishday.org to learn more.
Friday is a big day for Wishes. I’m going to do my part to make more Wishes come true.
I hope you’ll join me.