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Rod's First Wish Reveal Party

Rod Henderson, our Senior Development Director, just recently attended his first wish reveal party for wish kid Brandon. This is what he had to say...

Brandon and RodWednesday night I had the pleasure to represent Make-A-Wish Mississippi at Brandon’s wish reveal party hosted by Southern Pipe & Supply.  As I walked in, I scanned the room to see who I knew, and my eye was quickly drawn to a teenager sitting at a table smiling and having a grand time. That teenager was wish kid Brandon. After talking to Jay Davidson and Mark Rancier of Southern Pipe, I was asked to present Brandon with a few gifts on behalf of Make-A-Wish.  Brandon joined me center stage in the room.  I shared with everyone how this was my first wish party to attend, how proud we were of Brandon’s recovery and how excited we were for he and his family as they will soon be travelling to Hawaii.  Through my conversation, I realized exactly how special Brandon is.  He asked questions about Hawaii and what he would be doing on his trip.  I asked him questions about what he wanted to do.  He mentioned he wanted see some hula dancers and then proceeded to give a demonstration.  Everyone in the room began laughing with Brandon.  Once the presentation was over, I watched Brandon interact with everyone in the room.  He approached friends, family and even those from Southern Pipe he didn't know.  He had a smile on his face as he engaged each person with conversation and questions.  He was genuine and at ease with everyone.  I told his mom that it did not look like Brandon has ever met a stranger.  What his mom went on to tell me made my respect for Brandon increase tenfold.  She said  prior to his brain tumor Brandon was a shy child who Brandon and Cakewould have kicked and screamed before being the center of attention at a party like this.  The tumor led Brandon to re-evaluate his life and made him realize how blessed he was to be alive.  All Brandon could say was, “I have my life.”  Brandon’s experience with cancer completely changed his outlook on life.  Gone are the days of a shy, confidence lacking child.  Now, he is full of joy with new found self-confidence.  He is an inspiration to others as he shares his story of how he conquered his “giants”.  He is excited to see what each day has to offer.  As I was preparing to leave, Brandon came up to me and said, “I want to stay friends.”  I could see the sincerity in his eyes as he waited to see what I would say.  I said, “Brandon, I would like that.”  Driving away, I reflected on a teenager who has faced tougher obstacles than a person should.  I could see a young man who has walked through the fire, has been refined by the experience and will now impact everyone he comes in contact with whether they are from Meridian or Hawaii.  I know he impacted me.  Enjoy your trip Brandon; you and your family deserve it.     

May 09, 2014

Kids for Wish Kids®

Kids For Wish Kids is an extremely popular program for kids because it is managed by kids. Kids For Wish Kids allows kids to build leadership skills by for forming committees, coming up with fundraising ideas and carrying them out. Teachers and parents often serve as advisors, but ownership of the group belongs solely to the kids involved. Students essentially raise money to fund a child's wish!

Find out how to get involved with KFWK!

How We Grant Wishes

There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next to help create the amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles. A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It’s the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future.

See the steps it takes to grant a wish!

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