Guthrie Family Wish Fund
In honor of Jeffers Guthrie who was granted his Wish in 2008, our family has pledged to raise enough funds to fulfill an endowment gift to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. By donating to this endowment, you will help us reach our goal of granting a wish in perpetuity, a wish every single year, forever. What follows is our own experience with Make-A-Wish, and I was honored to share our story at last spring's gala. As a member of the Board of Directors, I ask you to help us support Make-A-Wish, an organization we care about so very deeply.
-Sari, Kevin, Jeffers, Claire, and Jack
ps. Jeffers is now a healthy and thriving 15 year old!
A Wish Is More Than A Wish
It seems simple:
A hospital social worker presents the idea of making a wish to a child.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation works to make it happen.
A child has a wondrous moment.
Let me tell you how much more it really is.
There are many grueling stages of treatment for a child who is undergoing therapy for a life threatening illness. He or she, and that child's family, don't have a choice but to follow the doctor's orders and much of it is demoralizing and painful. Throughout all of it, no one can tell you what you want to hear most ÃƒÂ¢€" that is, if you endure all the pain you will get better.
There is one certainty. A wish. Here is what that wish means.
The only thing associated with treatment that the child gets to choose, is a wish. The best diversion from the chemo and the needles and the procedures, is to be thinking about that wish. No one is allowed to influence the wish. The child owns the process. That's the first important stage.
I hope this gives you a more intimate understanding of how crucially important the Wish can be. For my son, it was the idea that he made something extraordinary happen for all of us and continues to bask in that knowledge. Beyond the surface of exotic travel, meeting a glamorous celebrity, or acquiring a prized possession - the lasting power of making a Wish and seeing it come true is medicine for the soul.