This past weekend as I was watching my sixth movie in the past two days… (don’t judge yet.. there is a reason) I started thinking to myself,

"How funny it is, at the age of 26 I still want my dad to make me tomato soup and grilled cheese when I get the flu".

You see, I was laid up all weekend with a fever of about 102 on most days and all I wanted was my Dad to take care of me. Lucky for me, my dad was visiting this weekend and he did just that. However, all this time laying around, which if you know me I almost never stop moving, gave me a lot of time to think. I started thinking about the Make A Wish Volunteer Appreciation event I had attended on Thursday March 9th at Green Bay Distillery.  

 Green Bay Distillery: Green Bay, WI

Green Bay Distillery: Green Bay, WI

I had been contacted by the Make a Wish foundation to volunteer my photography services for the night and I was thrilled to be able to contribute. It had been far too long since I had contributed to a good cause. Now, if you have followed some of my other blogs you know that I tend to give back in the way of Running for a cause, but to be honest I had not physically volunteered for something in a long time. When I started my business I knew eventually I wanted to get involved in a cause and contribute my time if possible. So if you are like me and think maybe now might be a good time to start giving again.. keep reading. 

 Make A Wish: Wisconsin

Make A Wish: Wisconsin

 

Without getting too personal, I can tell you I have friends that work with Make A Wish daily. You see just like my dad coming to the rescue with tomato soup, this Mom and Dad come to the rescue every second, of every hour or every day for their daughter. I began to understand that the kids and families who deal with sickness everyday don’t just need their parents to rally to their side because lets face it, their parents NEVER leave their side,  they need a community.  The Volunteers that we were celebrating earlier in March are just that! A community of people coming together to support the children and families of children affected by something much worse than the flu. They give unconditionally for their daughters, sons or even a stranger. Make a Wish helps build this community for support by

Granting the wishes of children struggling with life-threatening medical conditions to provide the HOPE, STRENGTH and JOY they need during dark and challenging times
— Make A Wish Foundation
 Did I happen to mention it was a Casino Night!! Thank you Vegas on Wheels!

Did I happen to mention it was a Casino Night!! Thank you Vegas on Wheels!

Don’t believe me.. take a look at these facts…Its astonishing what this organization does, how it does it and who it helps:

  • 97% of parents noticed a decrease in feelings of depression, sadness and anxiety as well as an enhanced self-perception in their child.

  • 95% of families said their child saw an improved quality of life.

 

One of my favorite quotes from the Make a Wish foundation,

The act of wish granting also serves to strengthen communities! Volunteers who help grant wishes become more trusting in others and more optimistic in the future, creating a ripple effect of social value
— Make A Wish Foundation

 

When I attended St. Norbert College, our Priest spoke of Communio with the highest of honors, Communio meaning community, is a force to be reckoned with. It can strengthen a sick child, a worn down family, or even breath life into the most heartbreaking of situations.

 Vegas On Wheels

Vegas On Wheels

So today, this blog is dedicated to those who volunteer for Make A Wish. Thank you for all that you do, thank you for being the moms, dads and friends that ‘make tomato soup’! 

If you are interested in helping Make A Wish by donating your time, money, spunky personality or another way you can contribute, I have provided some reading material below. Their next up coming event is Gourmet Wishes on Thursday June 8th 2017 at the KI Convention Center Green Bay, WI. Its never to late to join a good cause! 

http://wisconsin.wish.org/news-and-events/our-signature-events/gourmet-wishes

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