I will never forget the brave young wish kid that I met during the Clinton administration while at the White House. This kid, who was carrying the burden of a life-threatening illness, had been granted a wish to meet President Clinton. I would describe him as being somewhat of a sage, way beyond his 12 young tender years. I greeted him on the tour and we had a chance to talk. I'm not sure how our conversation started, but he must have sensed something in me that expressed a note of sorrow. He looked at me and stated very matter of factly, "The only difference between you and me is that I know when I'm going to die. You've got a problem in the meantime. Because right now, I'm going to live my life."
The knowledge and courage that was expressed from this young guest at the White House still echo at me. His words instill a sense of humility and mindfulness of the short time we have been allotted.
Recently, I received a phone call from Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Foundation. They asked me to help them with a dinner. I played a small role in hosting the talk that night, but I was more than happy to help out. It is truly an amazing thing to know how little efforts can help grant wishes that fuel a multitude of dreams.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is guided by the principle that one wish can be life changing.
Margie, a mom whose son received a granted wish, said it best - "Spending time in and out of hospitals is a stark reminder of the fragility of Elias' condition and the need to make the most of every moment with him. The wish experience did just that; it gave us so many memories to remember - moments of joy. Elias' wish day is still remembered by our family as the most joyous experience of our lives."
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