On May 1, I started my tenure at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. It is a great honor to be a part of this outstanding organization.
For almost 30 years, we have granted wishes for children in Mississippi with life-threatening medical conditions filling them with hope, strength and joy. I have enjoyed getting to know a fantastic group of volunteers, donors and supporters from all over the state. These sincere and dedicated people are making a difference in the lives of the wish families.
Our wish kids and families are truly extraordinary. During a tough time in their lives, they give us the opportunity to serve them and treat them to a wonderful experience. I’ve had the opportunity to read some of the reports from the families after they return from their wishes. It is truly humbling to read about the strength and courage the children show and how the wishes have positively impacted their lives.
As many of you know, Kit Barksdale retired earlier this year. She led the organization into new territory, and I am fortunate to be following her. Please join me in thanking Kit for her leadership and wishing her well in retirement.
I hope you will join me in our efforts to grant more wishes. We currently grant about 100 wishes a year…which is something to celebrate! However, each year over 200 children in Mississippi are diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Our goal is to have the resources to grant every one of these children with a wish. We are not there yet, but with your help we can get there! I look forward to working with you to make it happen!