Why do you choose to volunteer at Make-A-Wish?
I believe that this organization provides hope to many children who are dealing with difficult circumstances. I have been blessed with many things and feel it is my responsibility to give back.
How did you first get involved with Make-A-Wish?
My daughter recently lost her best friend to leukemia. This horrible disease took a beautiful young woman in the prime of her life. Her mother, trying to make sense of her loss, went to a Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer session. She told me that this organization is in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers, so here I am.
What experience or wish has been most impactful for you?
My first volunteer assignment was to meet a family from Salt Lake City at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 16-year-old, who wished to be a race car driver, was very quiet at first, but when he saw the race cars, he lit up. His excitement grew as he learned to drive the cars, got dressed with the racing gear and when he got to drive a real race car. I got the opportunity to talk to his mom while he was going through his adventure and found out that his younger sibling was recently diagnosed with the same condition. I was taken aback by the family’s response to the whole event. They were so happy. One would think that these circumstances would bring bitterness, but they were making the best of their situation and this is commendable. I learned a lesson that day.
What do you wish other people knew about Make-A-Wish?
I would like for others to experience the joy of giving back. This organization provides many opportunities to make children smile.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I worked in higher education for 28 years and recently retired. I try to stay busy by volunteering, working out and taking classes at UNLV.
If you could say one word about your experience with MAW, what would it be? Why?
Gratifying - one person can make a difference.
Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada relies on dedicated Spanish-speaking volunteers, like Pat, to help grant the wishes of children battling critical illnesses in our community.
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