Betty’s parents instilled a sense of service into her as a young girl, and her dedication to teaching Sunday School and organizations like Camp Fire Girls and the Boy Scouts stuck with her into adulthood and her career. In 1977 she became the first woman assistant-foreman in the Inventory Division at Douglas Aircraft, and in 1990 she became a board member for their employee charity program. This is where she began her foray into the non-profit world.
Betty began volunteering with us in 2003 and soon discovered her love of children and teaching background made her the perfect person to helping move our mission forward. More than 50 wishes later, Betty is just as passionate about helping kids battling critical illnesses as she was on day one.
“Granting wishes empowers me to make changes in not only the wish child’s life, but in the whole family,” Betty said. “I find it ever so rewarding to see the happiness that a wish brings.”
And change lives she has! One of her former wish kids, Angel, received a wish back in 2004 when he was only five years old. Today he is a healthy 19 year-old-teenager who wants to become a wish granter himself and make a wish come true with Betty! This is another testament to the people behind the power of a wish.
“There is nothing I won’t happily do to make wishes happen,” she said.
We are so fortunate to have committed volunteers like Betty stand with us as we change lives in southern Nevada. If you’d like to learn more about making wishes a reality, click here.