Founded in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 80 chapters in the United States and its territories, and 23 international affiliates on five continents.
In 1998, Nancy received a call from the Foundation regarding a critically ill child in El Paso whose wish was to have lunch with Bart Simpson and go to Universal Studios.
Says Nancy, A couple of days before we were to meet in Los Angeles, I got a call from someone at the Foundation who told me the boy was too ill to fly. I told them I would fly out to El Paso instead and meet him there. I brought photos and toys for both him and his sister. We met on Super Bowl Sunday and I spent the afternoon telling stories, doing voices and making everyone laugh. I hugged him good-bye and flew home that evening.
A few weeks later, I got another call from the Foundation telling me that the boys condition had improved after my visit, and that he had made it to Universal Studios after all! I realized then how much happiness this organization brought these children by granting them their biggest wish. Its what really made me love this group and want to support them.
Nancy has continued her involvement in the group by donating items each year to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles annual auction, one of the chapters major fundraising events.
For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America at (800) 722-WISH or visit their Web site at www.wish.org.