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Gracie Is a Make-A-Wish Ambassador

Young stroke victim from Laguna Niguel continues to be an inspiration to many.

This fall I was honored to be asked to be an official Make-A-Wish Ambassador.   

My family and I went to a special training where we all learned how to be a part of the Wish Ambassador program.

The training was very involved and we got guidelines on how to speak to different types of groups. We all did practice speeches and listened to other Wish Ambassadors  talk about their wishes.

I learned how to share my experience as a Make-A-Wish Kid and to motivate people to be a part of the Make-A-Wish organization. I learned all money raised in Orange County and the Inland Empire goes toward wishes for kids in those areas. 

I also learned that only about half of the wishes requested are granted and they want to raise enough money to grant all of the wishes. 

A few weeks after my training, I got a phone call from Make-A-Wish asking if I wanted to speak to a group of different high schools called “Kids for Wish Kids/and the Make-Wish clubs." They included Dana Hills High School and other schools from around Orange County. 

I talked to them about Make-A-Wish Foundation and how to help them help a kid with a wish. I also talked to them about my wish and how it warmed my heart and how it can help other kids have a moment of joy in the time of their illness and recovery. It was fun talking to the kids and giving them motivation to help raise money for kids like me.

Make-A-Wish says: “We grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

After my trip of a lifetime to granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and funded by peoples’ donations and the Aliso Viejo, “Kids for Wish Kids/Make a Wish club,” I am so happy to be giving back to Make-A-Wish because it gave me hope, strength and joy to continue on.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish and how you can help make a kid's wish come true click here

Joy Robinson October 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Congratulations Gracie, what an excellent way of giving back!
John Ott October 25, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Great article Gracie, an author in training.
tricia October 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You inspire so many at such a young age, I can only imagine what your future holds. The world is a better place with you in it.

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