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Aug 03, 2016

From Wish Child to Wish Advocate

Lena Today
In 2008, I was granted my wish to go swim with dolphins in the Bahamas just a year after being
diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. My wish gave me something to look forward to despite my illness.

Instead of needles, medications, and doctors, it was visits from my wish grantors, my wish reveal party, an amazing vacation with my family, and finally being able to see dolphins in person. When my world revolved around my health, my wish gave me the chance to just be a kid.

When I was 16, I decided that I wanted to give back to the organization that had made such a positive impact on me as a kid. I started volunteering at Make-A-Wish events, making promo videos for fundraisers, and joined the Greater Bay Area youth board in 2014. I found a passion for volunteering; it made me feel good to help others and helped me focus on something positive. After serving on the youth board, working on projects for Make-A-Wish, and organizing events for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, my hobby became a passion. 

Hoping to make it a career, I decided to study business management with a minor in non profit organization. This summer I have been revamping Make-A Wish Greater Bay Area's youth board and I can’t wait to work with the next generation of philanthropists.

The Make-A-Wish organization changes lives. For me it started with a Wish but has become so much more. I’ve been able to meet other Wish kids who inspire me to be brave and keep going, as well as volunteers and staff who both challenge and encourage me. They have become some of my biggest role models and provided me with knowledge and direction for my future career in non-profit. I’m so grateful to be a part of such an incredible organization.

Lena's wish to swim with dolphins

Lena's wish to swim with dolphins

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