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Bailey Poage

Meet Bailey

In May, we're spotlighting volunteer Bailey Poage!

Bailey Poage
Bailey Poage, Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
How long have you been affiliated with Make-A-Wish? 
In the spring of 2016, I served at the Program Services Intern for Make-A-Wish Georgia. During the semester I was given the opportunity to make initial wish calls letting families know their child was going to be granted a wish! After completing that internship I knew I wanted to stay involved. I relocated to Nashville in January of 2017 and became a volunteer of the Middle Tennessee chapter in late February. 
What is your favorite Make-A-Wish experience? 
My favorite wish experience is certainly the wish reveal, especially when the wish kid has absolutely no idea it's coming! It’s such a humbling experience to see their reaction to finding out their wish is coming true. My favorite reaction is from Wish Kid Kayden when he showed up to a surprise party with all of his friends and family to then find out he was going the NBA playoffs! He was immediately brought to tears (as was everyone in the room). It's such an honor to get to play a role in their story, and it’s all made possible by the Make-A-Wish's supporters.
In what way have you seen the impact a wish can have on a child? 
The look on a child's face when their wish is revealed is a sight you can't explain yet something you must experience. Wishes renew and restore a child's hope, giving them a boost of energy to fight the battle of illness and disease just a little harder. It allows them in that moment, during that week or in that day to just be a kid again. The joy it brings to a wish child is contagious for their family, it is often the light at the end of a dark tunnel.
If you could have one wish, what would it be? 
If I could wish for anything it would be to go out a trip with my family, somewhere tropical like Atlantis or the Caribbean. A chance to escape reality in paradise!

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